Obtaining a Loan With a Bad Credit Profile

Most people need to apply for credit from a financial institution at some stage of their lives, whether it is to buy a home, furniture or other necessities. Some people may find it easy to obtain that loan whereas others may have trouble to qualify for credit. Many clients may want to apply for loans with a bad credit record.No two clients share the same financial background. There are various reasons why certain clients may be considered to be less credit worthy, and therefore regarded as more risky in terms of credit worthiness than others. Some may have defaulted once, others more than once, some may have credit judgements against their names, whereas others may even have become insolvent.In order to qualify for any type of credit, a client has to meet certain lending criteria. Financial institutions make their decisions based on a client’s credit record, his or her past performance in terms of paying back debt. To obtain loans with a bad credit record, is more difficult than getting finance with a clean, or good, record.


Therefore financial institutions such as banks and other lending firms will look more carefully at a client’s credit history before agreeing to lend them money. Every client’s past credit history is checked carefully and based upon past performance the institution will either lend the client money or refuse them. They will look at various issues that may influence their decision.Your credit record is one of those; they may also consider all public records that could influence your profile, as well as all past financial account information. Therefore bad credit loans are not easily obtained. Some institutions will also check whether or not you have any serious defaults against your name, such as a home or car repossession for example.However, all may not be necessarily lost, since some institutions may consider loans to clients with negative or bad credit records. It depends on who you get in touch with. There are some institutions that understand people sometimes experience bad times and may find it difficult to honour the repayments on their debt.They understand that clients may be rehabilitated and build up credit worthiness again in future. Bad credit loans are therefore not so unusual, because certain lenders understand that many clients with a bad credit history may be able to turn their financial position around and may be able to service their future debt.This applies to various categories of debt, whether the client wants to borrow money for personal reasons to acquire some essential items or to buy materials to update his house, for example. These personal loans are considered in many cases and obtained by clients.The same may even be true for the client who needs a cash injection to keep his business going. Lenders look at every case individually. Bad credit loans are granted more often than people realise, because certain lenders actually specialise in assisting clients with a bad credit history.Of course clients with a less positive credit history will pay more for their loans and their repayments will attract higher interest rates since lending companies want to protect themselves. It is not considered to be a personal issue; it is simply standard industry practice.


Every case is considered on its own merits and different clients are treated according to their specific profiles when loans are considered. That is why bad credit loans may be charged at higher than normal interest rates.Once a client finds that it is too difficult to obtain a loan the traditional way, they should look at those lenders that may consider doing business with them even though they are considered high risk.These lenders advertise their services in the press and also on the internet where their websites often explain in detail how they assist clients. Another popular source these days is the broker who acts as a middleman and introduces the client to lenders. This broker puts the client in touch with the most likely lenders who may be able to help them with a loan.

Alternative Sources of Business Growth Finance: There Is More Than One Way to Fund Growth

Talk to any business owner or read the business section of any newspaper and you’re likely to come across stories of struggles to access sufficient finance to grow or maintain their business. But we are beginning to witness a change in how business owners access finance with many now actively seeking out alternative sources.

A survey carried out by the UK’s Forum of Private Business found that 26% of businesses were hunting out alternative financial products, with 21% seeking them outside of the traditional main High Street lenders. In fact, in another survey undertaken by the Federation of Small Businesses, it was discovered that only 35% of respondents used a traditional overdraft facility in 2011.

So, if banks are continually reluctant to lend to all but the lowest risk businesses, how can the remainder of the UK’s business population finance growth? Here are some of the increasingly popular alternative sources of finance to investigate.

Better Management of Working Capital

This may appear to be an odd source of finance but very often businesses are sitting on undiscovered cash reserves which can be used to finance growth. A report issued by Deloitte in 2011 revealed that the UK’s largest businesses were sitting on £60 billion of unproductive working capital. Inefficiencies in how working capital (debtors, stock and creditors) is handled can unnecessarily tie up your cash. Cash can be unlocked and released back in to the system thereby allowing self-financed growth plans by taking a close look at credit procedures, how credit terms are granted and how outstanding payments are chased.

Ensuring that stock is kept at an optimum level via better inventory management is another area where cash can be released to support and finance growth. Take a good look at your inventory management process and identify areas where cash is trapped.

Good management of working capital is not just about better control of debtors and stock, it is also about maximising the terms given by creditors. Are you too eager to maintain a first class relationship with your suppliers by paying well before the due date? You can positively impact your cash position by taking full advantage of terms offered by your suppliers. Have you fully leveraged your position by seeking an extensive of terms from say 30 days to 45 days?

Being more efficient in how working capital is managed can release sufficient funds to self-finance growth plans.

Personal Resources

With traditional avenues of funding being more difficult to access business owners are now looking to their personal resources to fund growth. Whether it be drawing on cash savings, using personal credit cards or taking additional mortgages on residential properties, such sources are an instant solution. A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses found that 33% of respondents had utilised their savings to fund growth. As well as being more immediately accessible using personal resources is often a cheaper source of finance.

Family and Friends

Sometimes referred to as the three F’s – family, friends and fools – this can appear to be a less stressful way of raising finance. In some ways it can but it can also be a journey fraught with danger. Tapping into their personal network business owners source finance by either seeking a loan and offering to pay an interest rate higher than that on offer on a High Street savings account, or offering a slice of equity in the business in return for investment.

Raising finance in this way can be relatively easy because the request and fulfilment is very much based on personal trust. Typically a Business Plan would be presented highlighting both the investment opportunity and the risks but at the end of the day success is down to the depth of the relationship and level of trust.

The danger in raising funds this way is that the nature of the relationship will change from that of a personal nature to a business transaction. Failure to regularly pay as per agreed terms, or even total failure to pay, can irreparably damage the relationship so tread with care.

Asset Finance

The Asset Finance industry is based on the concept of either preserving cash or speeding up access to it. Asset finance, which consists of invoice discounting, factoring and funding of asset purchases, has been available as a source of finance for many years, yet it’s only now gaining more recognition. Figures released by the Asset Based Finance Association, a trade association representing the industry, show that to the third quarter of 2011 the amount financed by the Association’s members increased by 9% compared to the same period in the previous year. Whilst the increase may not seem significant it is against the backdrop of a fall in traditional bank lending.

In a world where ‘cash is king’ asset financiers help preserve cash by financing the purchase of assets such as vehicles, machinery and equipment. Because the financier is looking to the underlying asset as security there is usually no requirement for additional collateral. According to the Asset Finance and Leasing Association one in three UK businesses that have external finance now utilise asset finance.

Asset financiers can help speed up the flow of cash within a business by allowing quicker access to cash tied up in the debtor book. An invoice discounting and factoring facility gives businesses the ability to immediately access up to 80% of an invoice instead of waiting for the agreed credit terms to run their course. Such finance facilities will speed up the velocity of cash within the business thereby allowing the business to fund a high rate of growth.

New players such as Market Invoice are entering the market to allow businesses to raise finance against selected invoices. Tapping into high net worth individuals and funds Market Invoice acts as an auction house with funders ‘bidding’ to advance against certain invoices.

Crowfunding and Peer-to-Peer

A relatively new phenomenon is the concept of raising finance by tapping into the power of the crowd. The historically low rates of interest payable on savings have led to depositors seeking out new ways to increase their returns. With business owners struggling to raise the funding they need it’s only natural that a market would be created to bring these two parties together.

CrowdCube entered the market in 2010 to match private investors seeking to be Dragons with those businesses looking to raise capital. Once a business passes the initial review stage their proposal is posted on the site and potential investors indicate the level of investment they wish to make with the minimum amount being as low as £10.

Businesses looking for a more traditional loan should consider Funding Circle. Established in 2010 Funding Circle also matches individual investors looking for a better return with those businesses seeking additional finance. Businesses can apply for funding between £5,000 and £250,000 for a period of 1, 3 or 5 years. As a minimum the business has to have submitted two years Accounts with Companies House and be assessed in order to arrive at a risk rating which guides potential investors.

As the crowd sourcing concept matures we are likely to see more players enter this market to capitalise on the need for better investor returns and easier access to business finance.

There is More Than One Way to Fund Growth

Accessing finance to fund growth plans does not have to be difficult if you are prepared to seek out alternative providers. Funding growth is now no longer the exclusive preserve of the traditional High Street bank and it’s now down to business owners to seek out the alternative routes.