Finance for funeral professionals

The funeral profession is competitive. With the right financial solutions you have a competitive advantage

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Setting up your business

  • Asset finance - bringing you equipment
  • We can almost always undercut so called "0% finance" deals from suppliers
  • Startup loans
  • Property leasing

Equipping your business

  • Hire Purchase from 6 to 60 months
  • Lease and contract purchase
  • Specialist vehicile funding
  • Unsecured loans up to £25,000 from 4.9%

Growing Your Business

  • Unsecured loans up to £25,000 from
  • Working capital loans
  • Commercial mortgages from 2% above base rate
  • Secured loans - £250,000 or more from 2% above base rate

Talk to Rangewell – the business finance experts

There are many lenders on the market, but many feel that the funeral industry is too specialised for them. At Rangewell, we work with lenders across the entire market, and our expertise and contacts can help us identify the lenders who can help and you find the funding you need.

The funeral industry may be changing, but it can still provide a rewarding business, if you can call on the level of finance you need.

The UK funeral market is estimated to have an annual value in excess of £1billion annually, with more than 600,000 funerals being conducted each year by an estimated 4,000 funeral director businesses. The need for their services is growing; as the country’s population continues to rise, the number of people dying each year also increases. In 2015, 529,655 deaths were registered in England and Wales, and with the cost of an ordinary funeral starting at around £4,000 and averaging closer to £10,000 there is ample scope for profitable undertaking services.

 

This means that the undertaking industry still offers opportunities for people with the necessary skills to set up, buy and grow an independent business.

 

The large corporates may have an important part to play, but there will always be a need for individual service. There are many funeral parlours that are small, family-run businesses. As many as 75% still have fewer than ten full time employees.

 

As an independent funeral director you will of course need a wide range of skills. You may also need financial support to start up or buy into a business, to refurbish an existing firm. , You may also need finance to buy limousines and hearses, or buy new funeral or mortuary equipment or simply to deal with cashflow or simply to fund your tax bill.

 

At Rangewell we work with both established and new funeral directors across the UK. We help them find the financial solutions that they need.

 

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Understanding your Funding Options
Getting the most appropriate funding solution will depend on your particular  business needs.
You may need to acquire premises, equipment or vehicles, deal with operating costs, or fund expansion or acquisition plans. Getting the right type of funding for each purpose can be essential to help reduce your costs and to safeguard your business. At Rangewell, we can introduce you to the whole range of funding options, from lender throughout the UK market. It means getting the funding answers that your funeral business needs.

 

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Setting up a new funeral business

In an industry dominated by small local businesses, often with a wealth of local connections and a traditional place in the community, it may seem difficult to consider starting a new undertaking firm.

 

However, it is not impossible. Recent years have seen a growing demand for alternative funeral arrangements, and there is now a demand for undertakers who are able to offer a range of non traditional services. These range from those with motorbike and classic car hearses to eco-friendly interments, and ‘Life Memorial’ funeral services.

These new concepts provide scope for niche providers to enter the industry. A growing demand for more affordable funerals may also offer opportunities for starting a new business - being able to offer a unique selling point could help you secure a niche market.

Both new and traditional style businesses will face a range of needs for funding. There will be premises to pay for. A shopfront reception may still be necessary, secure parking and funeral parlour will all be vital, and a chapel of rest may be required.

 

It may be possible to lease premises, but because of the specialised nature of the business you may need to buy suitable premises, perhaps from an undertaking business that is closing down.

 

There will also be very substantial equipment costs.  Exactly what you require will depend on the services you offer, but the basics may include vehicles, refrigeration and embalming facilities.

 

You’ll also have trained staff to pay and operating costs to deal with. Although casual staff can be called in as needed, you will need a driver, and at least one trained assistant even for the smallest undertaking business.

 

You may need working capital to keep your practice operating until it becomes profitable, which could mean having months of operating expenses to cover.

 

Electricity and business rates will have to be paid for, and you will need make the community you serve aware of your existence. You need to invest in local marketing. these days this must include setting up a website. If you operate a specialist funeral service, you may need to advertise further afield.

 

Funding to set up a funeral business

Your actual funding requirements will depend on your ideas for your new business. You should be able to calculate your needs as part of a detailed business plan.

 

Whatever the scale of your funding needs, lenders may be able to provide solutions such as secured or unsecured loans to help you meet them.

 

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Buying an existing funeral business

If you are an experienced funeral professional, you may wish to buy an existing undertakers business.

 

This could mean joining as a partner, or buying outright, perhaps from an owner who is retiring.  Both will need you to have a clear view of the true value of the existing business. You will need to agree a cost based both on the turnover of the existing business, and the value of its equipment, premises and vehicles. You may also need to consider the potential of the business, to understand whether the price demanded is a reasonable one.

 

While you as a professional in the industry may be best qualified to assess both the assets and the potential of the business, you should have your solicitor look at the structure of the business and any contracts involved, and have your accountant review the accounts.

The purchase price will reflect this, and even a relatively small business in the south of England could easily change hands for £250,000 - £400,00.

 

 

Funding to buy an undertaking business

Buying an existing undertaking business may require a substantial investment, but it may be possible to arrange a business loan to provide the necessary finance.

 

Secured loans can be used to borrow large sums upwards of £250,000, and so may be more suitable for the sums involved in a business purchase. They are called ‘secured’ because the lender will require the pledge of  security from you, in case you cannot pay the loan back. This may often be your home.

 

You can have longer to repay than other types of loans. Terms of up to 20 years are common. You can also enjoy lower interest rates than with other types of lending, meaning monthly repayments can be lower and easier to fit in with your cashflow.

 

A loan large enough to let you buy an established business will require considerable preparation, so it is important to know the facts early.

 

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Running and growing a funeral business

If you have joined an existing practice as a partner or become the owner outright you will probably need to invest for the future. The funeral industry is highly competitive, and even a business that is currently running well and producing a good level of profit needs funding if it is to remain so.

 

Vehicles need to be maintained and constantly updated. The bereaved expect clean and well maintained surroundings in your premises. You may need to offer additional services such as promession, or webcasting.

 

You are in business to answer your clients need at a difficult time, and being able to offer the facilities that they request is essential for your business as well as for them.

 

Fortunately, solutions to finance virtually any investment you need to make in your business exist.

 

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Funding for your premises

Your funeral business may require several types of premises. Secure parking for vehicles, workshops and storage and a chapel of rest may all be required. You will need an office, and a reception area.

 

These may all be in the same location with a traditional undertaking business, although it is now becoming more common reduce costs by spreading a business across locations purpose built for each need. Providing parking and vehicle preparation facilities in the central retail location appropriate for your front office is a major expense.

 

Buying premises to act as reception, while relegating vehicles and storage to a leased unit in an industrial park may provide a sensible compromise. You may need to borrow the deposit on a long term lease. To buy premises, you may need to consider a commercial mortgage. Commercial mortgages can help you buy your premises or even an existing practice. It is uneconomic to borrow less than £50,000, and some lenders have a minimum of £75,000 or more, but there is no set upper limit.

 

Commercial property finance is arranged on an individual basis.

 

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Raising funds with a commercial mortgage

If you already own your premises, a commercial mortgage might be a cost-effective way to raise funds to use elsewhere in your business. By taking

 

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Funding for your equipment

Whether you are starting up, buying into an existing business, or ready to move your current operation on, specialist equipment is vital.  

Your equipment needs may include:

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Mortuary equipment - Refrigerated units, trolleys, lifts

Workshop equipment – woodworking equipment, Engraving equipment

 

Embalming equipment – units, sluices

 

IT equipment – handheld tablets with a centralised system for reception, together with operating licences and renewals, training and maintenance

 

At Rangewell we have found that asset funding can provide the most cost-effective solutions for most kinds of equipment you will use. Leasing and hire purchase let you spread the cost of the equipment you need, with fixed monthly repayments helping you to budget with confidence.

 

Hire Purchase

For basic equipment that you want to go on giving service for many years, Hire Purchase may provide the simple way to spread costs.

 

With Hire Purchase you pay a deposit plus monthly instalments over a fixed term, between 12 and 72 months, after which the equipment becomes yours.

 

Payments are fixed, making it easy to plan ahead, and to arrange an agreement that is tailored to your monthly turnover and budget.

 

Leasing

If you want to use the latest equipment without the responsibility of owning it, leasing will give you the freedom and flexibility

you need. There is usually no upfront cost to find, meaning that you can bring the latest equipment into your surgery without delay.

 

Finance leases can make higher cost items, such vehicles, more affordable by spreading the cost across their economic life.

 

Funding for vehicles

The vehicles used by the undertaking profession are expensive investments. They may be purchased outright for long service, using hire purchase or other loans.

Business Contract hire is an alternative, which may be used to provide  the specialised vehicles you need. Costs are based on the purchase cost, less the value of the vehicle after the contract period, substantially reducing the costs of operating new prestige hearses and limousines by your business.

Vehicle finance can be used for:

·         Buying a second car

·         Change of existing vehicle

·         Purchase of classic cars and hearses

·         Purchase of a first call vehicle

     Purchase of a mortuary ambulance

·         Purchase of a fleet of vehicles

·         Purchase of a funeral fleet of limousines and hearses

·         Releasing equity from your existing fleet

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New or used equipment can be provided with asset finance

Good quality used equipment can be a sound investment, especially if you are setting up a new business and funds are tight. However, many dental professionals miss out on the potential savings because they believe they need to find cash to pay for it.

 

At Rangewell we can help you spread the cost of used as well as new equipment with asset finance. The terms and rates we can secure are often better than those offered by equipment suppliers, and we may be able to help arrange a single agreement to cover all your equipment needs.

 

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<Panel>Refinance your existing assets

Your undertaking business may have considerable investment tied up in your existing assets, and especially your hearses and limousines.  Asset refinance lets you release that money, while still having full use of your assets. The finance company will first buy an asset such as your vehicle fleet from you. This will provide you with a large cash sum, which you are free to use as you need.  

 

The lender then let you buy the asset back from them, under a new finance arrangement.

 

A refinance agreement can help you raise the cash tied up in assets. Alternatively, you can arrange refinance on an asset you are still paying for, to reduce your monthly outgoings. Find out more here. <link>

 

 

Other types of funding

 

There are many other reasons to seek funding. You may want to refurbish your premises, or set up a branch in a nearby town to help bring additional business.

You might also need to deal with more pressing costs. Cashflow may be below expectations, You might have tax bills to deal with.

 

At Rangewell, we know all the solutions available and we can work with you to find the finance that is most appropriate for your needs.


 

Unsecured loans

Unsecured business loans operate much like a personal loan which can be used in any way you wish. They are suitable for smaller sums, usually below £250,000. The loan is repaid in monthly or quarterly instalments over an agreed term, under 5 years.  

 

One of the advantages of an unsecured loan is that they can be made available quickly. Decisions can be made inside a working day with some lenders, but you will need to provide a personal guarantee. This means that you will become personally liable for the debt if your business was unable to pay.

 



 

Tax loans

 

Tax is an issue for every business.  A large quarterly VAT or annual tax demand can cause problems with your cash flow, particularly when it falls at the same time as other costs.

Tax loans help you to spread the cost of your tax demands into affordable monthly payments, helping ensure that  ensuring that your business does not have to go through a cash flow drought.

Benefits of a tax loan:

Better control of cash flow

Fixed monthly payments

Quick and simple to arrange

Avoids issues with HMRC and potential penalties

 

Working capital finance

Working capital finance is designed to boost the working capital available to a business. It's often used to provide cash to pay staff and suppliers while business is slow during the early weeks and months of  a new  practice, or during a period of growth. It is usually designed to be repaid in the short- to medium-term, once the practice is fully on its feet.

 

Growth Finance

Large scale finance can be vital if you have major plans for your business, such as acquiring a competitor. Growth finance is a special type of funding designed to work to fund your growth plans. Lenders may require an established  trading history and record of profits, but it may be possible to arrange  Growth Finance based on your profit projections, rather than on your trading history.


 

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WHAT WE CAN DO

Find the most competitive loan to let an experienced undertaker acquire partnership in a long established firm

 

Help a find finance for a fleet of Rolls Royce hearses and matching limousines for a London undertaker

Source a loan to allow a small country undertaker buy a competitor in a nearby town.

 

Find the most competitive finance to allow a new practice to buy used non-invasive equipment and spread the cost

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Help a arrange ‘jigsaw’ funding to buy a thriving business when its owner was ready to retire

 

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Alternative Business Funding for funeral directors

Many businesses now consider alternative business funding, particularly  when they are looking at the costs of setting up. Cowdfunding and Venture Capital have become more popular. However, costs can be high, raising the funds you need can mean long delays or even fail altogether. You  may run the risk of losing control of your business with some types of funding. Fortunately, we can help you find better alternatives.
A new generation of business lender has sprung up, which can adopt a more flexible approach to lending.
Online lenders may be able to provide fast lending with the minimum paperwork. Other  specialised lenders can provide loans to businesses that are outside the criteria of mainstream business lenders.
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REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO

  • Find the most competitive loan to let an experienced undertaker acquire partnership in a long established firm

  • Help a find finance for a fleet of Rolls Royce hearses and matching limousines for a London undertaker

  • Source a loan to allow a small country undertaker buy a competitor in a nearby town

  • Find the most competitive finance to allow a new practice to buy used non-invasive equipment and spread the cost with HP

  • Help a arrange ‘jigsaw’ funding to buy a thriving business when its owner was ready to retire

How we help you capitalise your  funeral business

 

Finding the most appropriate solution for your funding needs takes a through understanding both of the lending market, and the products available on it.

 

At Rangewell we have the expertise you need. We know the lenders who can offer the most competitive rates for the undertaking profession. nd we find solutions for all types of finance including Unsecured & Secured Loans, Invoice FInance, Asset Finance, Merchant Cash Advance, Commercial Mortgages, Growth Finance and more.

Whether you have a straightforward finance need, or require a complicated ‘Jigsaw’ funding plan made up of a combination of products, we can work with you to find the answers

 

Call us now to get our experts working for you.

What funeral professionals say about financial solutions with Rangewell...

You need spotless vehicles to show proper respect. That means some expensive investment. We found ways to spread the cost.

Buying an undertaking business is expensive. I found affordable answers with Rangewell’s help.

Controlling cost is vital for any business. Rangewell have helped us stay in control of all the borrowing costs we’ve faced so far.

Helping you build your profits

Lending tailored to your needs

At Rangewell we can help you find the most appropriate finance for any funding need your undertaking business faces.

Specialist funding for vehicles

Your largest financial need may be your vehicle fleet. Rangewell can provide tailored solutions from specialist lenders to bring you the vehicles you need.

Providing new services

You may need to offer new services such as ecological interments to cater for your customers needs. We can help you find the funding you must have.

Reducing risk with asset funding

If your business was to become unable to make the payments on equipment funding, the lender could simply repossess the equipment to cover their loss. No other assets are at risk.

Releasing the value in your business

Asset refinance can help you release the value of the investments in your business, allowing you to use your cash to invest again.

Specialist lenders

Some asset funding providers specialise in particular sectors. At Rangewell, we can help you find the most appropriate lenders for the funeral profession.

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