As outlined in one of Walsh Taylor’s articles in June, managing cashflow is crucial to business success, particularly with start-up companies, where finances are typically tight.

Though a lot of the issues surrounding cashflow tend to stem from a lack of effective planning, problems can arise that are beyond the control of those in charge. Late payment, for instance, has been identified as something that holds organisations back, as has market uncertainty.

Irrespective of the current status of your cashflow, there are some general actions that can help you to be efficient with your incoming and outgoing money. We cover these below:

  • Follow up with any clients that are paying late rather than giving them too much leeway.
  • Understand all of your repayment terms, and if necessary, make full use of them. If you are struggling to pay and have a 30-day timeframe to do so, for example, then it may be worth waiting until the very last day or asking if a part payment will be accepted.
  • Further to the above bullet point, should there be a need to, communicate reasonably with your suppliers to try to negotiate a later payment date.
  • Carry out credit checks on customers to assess if they are worth trading with.
  • Collect deposits up front as opposed to full payments right at the end of the process.

The above pointers are of course general tips, and it must be considered that each company’s requirements are completely different and unique from one to the next.

Whilst there are numerous complexities to cashflow issues, one recurring situation that our insolvency practitioners notice is business owners waiting too long to seek help. As such, we are always keen to remind people that if finances are left to spiral downwards, the less options there will be once expert advice is finally pursued.

To gain an understanding of how our services can assist you, please feel free to either call 03300 244 660 or email confidential@www.walshtaylor.co.uk.

Mary Taylor
Director

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath
Director

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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