Inflation, costs and cash flow
Strategies and financial solutions to help you reduce business costs, mitigate risk and manage cash flow.
Managing business costs
How to reduce costs
When inflation rises, so do business costs. There are a number of strategies you can use to limit the impact, both in the short and long term. From reviewing travel budgets and cutting down wastage to reimagining office space and investing in green technologies, we have some ideas to help.
When is it time to put your prices up?
When costs are increasing as they have been for the past few months, keeping your business profitable and resilient can be challenging. Deciding that you need to raise your prices has a financial impact on your customers so it's something that needs careful consideration.
Managing cash flow
Ways to manage short term cash-flow pressures
Running out of cash can be a problem for many businesses, especially during the current economic climate. Late payment can leave you unable to pay your suppliers and staff, or cover overheads. Every business needs funds to purchase goods and services and these will often be held as stock until they are sold, so there may be a period of credit before the end customer pays.
From good forecasting, scenario planning and getting paid promptly, there are ways to inject cash into your business and better manage your cash flow through financial products that may be less costly than an overdraft.
Products to help short-term cashflow needs
Many businesses aren't aware of the risks they're exposed to when they import, export, borrow or save. It’s therefore helpful to understand these risks and find solutions to protect your business against cash-flow issues or reduced profitability. When trading internationally, you can protect your business against the risk of not getting paid or receiving goods and services, as well as fluctuations in currency exchange rates which could impact profit margins.
Finding ways to manage the cost of borrowing for your business can have a positive impact on your cash flow and profitability, helping to protect your business against unexpected increases in interest rates, and allow you to forecast cash flow more easily.
Reduce costs through sustainability
Find out how transitioning to low-carbon, sustainable business models and pursuing clean growth opportunities can help you reduce costs.
Get in touch
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There are some great charities and other organisations that can help with issues ranging from financial advice to mental wellbeing.
Business Debtline is the UK’s only free dedicated debt advice service for people who are self-employed and other small business owners.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The FSB is non-profit making organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms by offering access to services which help you protect your business, can save you money and those that can help you look to grow your business.
Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service has been set up by the government to provide free and impartial money advice in person, over the phone and online. They offer guides to help improve your finances along with tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead.
UK Finance is the leading trade association for the UK banking sector with their core priorities in helping customers both consumers and business, promoting growth and raising standards. Providing information on the current economy and providing a variety of training workshops and events.
Step Change (Debt Charity)
Step Change offers free debt advice that is based on a thorough review of your situation. They will then provide practical help and support for however long it’s needed.
Business Emergency Resilience Group 10 Minute Plan
To help businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, Business in the Community, the charity of which Lloyds Banking Group is a member, has produced a 10 minute plan. As seen with the recent floods in Cumbria, the increasing prevalence of cybercrime and the terrorist attacks in Paris, business can be significantly disrupted. This plan provides a framework on how to manage these emergencies.
Mental Health UK
1 in 4 people in the UK has experienced a mental health problem. Mental Health UK brings together over 40 years of expertise from four national mental health charities to provide advice, information and support.
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
The CAB provides free, confidential, impartial information and advice on a wide range of debt and benefits issues, face to face. Check your local phone book or Yellow Pages for the nearest Citizens Advice Bureau, or visit the Citizens Advice website for your area.
Small Business Commissioner
20% of small businesses have run into cash-flow problems due to late or unfair payments. The Small Business Commissioner can help smaller business handle payment problems they have with their larger business customers. They can also help with checking contracts and getting invoices right.
If you’re a small business with fewer than 50 employees, they may be able to help you.
Lending Standards Board
The role of the Lending Standards Board is to monitor and enforce the Standards of Lending Practice and to ensure subscribers and their agents provide a fair deal to their personal and business borrowing customers.
National Enterprise Network
National Enterprise Network provides help and support for new, small and growing businesses in England, with a particular emphasis on start-ups and micro businesses.
The Insolvency Service
The Insolvency Service is the government online resource to provide guidance on personal and company insolvency.
The Farming Community Network
The Farming Community Network is a voluntary organisation & charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community with personal or business-related issues. They run a confidential, national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm with volunteers who provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help.
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