JCT Contract Funding
Helping you build - and build your business
- Funding secured on your contract
- Cash in staged payments
- Pay workforce and suppliers
- Annual turnover above £250,000
- Construction, contractors and subcontractors
- Reduces demand on cashflow
- No impact on your business credit
- Funds available weekly
- Funding secured on contract value
- Supports growing businesses
- No limit to contract size
JCT contracts can make life simpler for your construction business - but they can still leave you will problems when you need to find funding for a major project. JCT funding can provide a solution.
The construction sector has traditionally been a challenging one when it comes to finance.
Your business can win a contract that means plenty of profit - but payment may not be forthcoming for months if work is priced in stages. In extreme cases, you may need to fund the work, with all labour and materials costs until the work is signed off and the building handed over.
Depending on the contract you have negotiated, you might need to wait months before you receive even an interim payment. A short contract could be complete before you receive the funds you need from your client.
It can put a serious strain on your cashflow, and may even mean that you have to turn down a lucrative project, because you cannot afford to fund your work on it.
Conventional funding solutions may not work.
As they can take months to complete a project, most contractors will raise interim, staged invoices (or applications for payment) before all the work is completed. The problem is that construction often involves numerous stages of work, and has the potential for the value of contracts to be reduced by damages for non-completion of future contracted works.
This led invoice financiers to fear that, in a failure or dispute they might not be able to collect out the money advanced to the contractor, from the client usually the building owner. This, coupled with long payment delays endemic to the construction industry led to the sector being shunned by lenders.
Fortunately, a number of providers are actively moving into financing construction companies and setting themselves up as specialists within the sector.
Funding for JCT Contracts
The JCT work to produce these suites of standard forms for the various methods of procurement used for obtaining building work. They provide a familiar and proven structure for contractors - and having a JCT contact in place can now be used as the basis for the finance your construction business needs.
JCT Contract Finance acts to advance funds against your future billing - in effect using the value of your contract as the security for a loan.
The finance company can advance the funds you need to bring in materials and plant and crucially to pay staff - there’s no need to wait for your customers' payments.
The lender will be paid when your client pays, and the balance, less their fees, will be paid to you.
So, you can take on ambitious new projects and be confident that your business will have the necessary cashflow. You can have the funds you need to deal with all your obligations, with no need for expensive funding from the bank or other providers.
How JCT Contract Funding works
With JCT Contract finance, the finance company will expect to see a detailed contract under one of the recognised JCT formats from a reputable end customer. They will want to ensure that your buyer will really be able to pay for the work once the contract has been completed.
This means that it is the credit rating of your end customer, rather than that of your own business, which will be central to securing the finance you need..
This advance is unlikely to be for the entire value of the contract, although some providers may provide a high percentage of the total value, particularly if you have multiple contracts that you are funding.
Normally the maximum prepayment level will be 70%, which is low - but can still provide a significant cash flow advantage, paticularly where that level of prepayment will contribute towards paying the cost of workers and materials
Once your facility has been approved, accessing your money is straightforward:
1. Submit your contractual billing to your provider
2. They will release an agreed percentage of the value to you minus their fee
3. Once your customer makes a payment, the provider will release the remainder to you
Financial solutions from Rangewell
Contract finance providers vary in the terms and costs of the finance they offer. Your business needs expert help to find the most competitive provider
At Rangewell, we can use our finance expertise to support your business – and ensure that you have the financial solutions you need. We can help source providers who can provide JCT contract finance solutions that recognise the challenges you face and are tailored to your sector - reducing your costs, and increasing the levels of funding that you can call on.
REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO
Help arrange the funding for a groundwork company supplying a major developer
Find an arrangement for a mechanical services contractor fitting out a major business development
Find finance to support a design and build contract for a business park
Source funding to support steel erector supplying a government contract
Arrange the funding for a railway infrastructure project
Helping you build your profits
Accelerate your cash flowContact Finance effectively accelerates your cashflow, meaning that instead of waiting for customers to pay at the end of a contract, you can have the cash upfront.
Funding for the entire contractContract Finance can actually provide the funding for the whole duration of the contract and, therefore, removing the need for any additional funding.
A solution for growthContract Finance can be a solution for those businesses which are growing at a rapid rate so you can take on virtually any scale of contract.
Avoid the need to for interim paymentsA large customer may expect long credit terms and also be unwilling to make any kind of interim payment. Contract Finance, however, can allow you to take on the project by providing the funds you need.
Fund multiple contractsContract Finance can cover multiple contracts so you can ensure tat you can always call on the funds you need.
Fast fundingContract Finance offers fast access to your funds usually within 24 hours.
Download Rangewell’s free and detailed guide to Contract Finance
The principles behind all types of Contract Finance
Why not all funding providers are equal - how to find the one that is right for you and your business
How we can help you pay less
The downsides to Contract Finance - and how to avoid them
How to arrange Contract Finance - what paperwork do you need?
Key terms explained
Costs may be highContract Finance arrangements may have substantial fees associated with them. You need to build the costs into your quotes to ensure your contracts remain profitable.
A provider may want additional securityThe collateral for this type of business lending is the contract itself, but some finance companies will want additional assets as collateral and control of the incoming cash.
You must work with creditworthy businessesContract Finance can be available for virtually any business, but it does require your customers to be creditworthy. Large organisations, and local and national government bodies are ideal.
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