- Strategic alliance with Veritas allows smaller businesses access to a confidential invoice discounting facility
- Veritas credit management integration means businesses with annual turnovers of £300k can now use the MarketInvoice Pro invoice finance facility
- Smaller businesses to benefit from this collaboration to access a confidential funding service, whereas previously they would have likely only been offered a disclosed factoring option
- MarketInvoice is the first UK fintech business to create an alliance with Veritas
Business finance company MarketInvoice has opened the doors to more than 400,000 smaller businesses accessing a whole ledger confidential invoice discounting service, which has previously been the preserve of larger businesses, by easing the annual turnover criteria.
The strategic alliance with credit management specialists Veritas Commercial Services (“Veritas”) means that businesses with a turnover of just £300,000, who adopt their credit control add-on, can now benefit from MarketInvoice Pro, which provides an open funding line against all their outstanding invoices. Prior to this announcement, businesses required a turnover of £1m for the service.
The Veritas virtual credit control solution will help business to speed up their working capital cycle and manage their outstanding invoices collection process – which will help them get paid on time. This alliance will also enhance the data available to MarketInvoice’s risk model allowing smaller businesses access to funding at better rates.
Anil Stocker, CEO and co-founder, at MarketInvoice commented: “Invoice finance helps to bridge long payments terms and credit control prevents late payment, all with aim of improving a business’ working capital cycle. The strategic alliance with Veritas will enable us to support a broader range of businesses across the UK. We are excited to be helping even more businesses take charge of their cash flow and not let a lack of funding get in the way of the growth.”
“Company owners regularly acknowledge that chasing payments and debts is a burden in achieving their growth and ambitions. Our seamless integration with Veritas will give businesses the support they need to control late payment and access funding to hit their targets.”
Businesses who use the Veritas solution can monitor the status of payments and will get live updates on chasing activity by their credit controller. Any business making use of the MarketInvoice-Veritas alliance will benefit from a discount in pricing to the usual Veritas credit management subscription fee.
Jenny Oldfield, CEO at Veritas Commercial Services commented: “The strategic alliance with MarketInvoice is very exciting. As a result, more small, growing businesses will now be able to benefit from a fully integrated invoice finance facility and credit management service that puts them firmly in control. The powerful combination of technology and talent from both our organisations brings tangible advantages to SMEs, harnessing cutting edge cloud solutions and deep expertise to drive improved cash flow and working capital. This, in turn, accelerates the flow of liquidity into the UK economy.”
MarketInvoice’s main strategic ambition is to broaden its reach to be able to support a wider range of businesses, from start-ups to larger businesses looking to scale up. The company aims to help even more companies get paid faster by financing their invoices, so business owners can save time and focus on running their business.
Spain’s jobless hit four million for first time in five years as pandemic curbs bite
By Nathan Allen and Belén Carreño
MADRID (Reuters) – The number of jobless people in Spain rose above 4 million for the first time in five years in February, official data showed on Tuesday, as COVID-19 restrictions ravage the ailing economy.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Spain has lost more than 400,000 jobs, around two-thirds of them in the hospitality sector, which has struggled with limits on opening hours and capacity as well as an 80% slump in international tourism.
Jobless claims rose by 1.12% from a month earlier, or by 44,436 people to 4,008,789, Labour Ministry data showed, the fifth consecutive monthly increase in unemployment.
That number was 23.5% higher than in February 2020, the last month before the pandemic took hold in Spain.
“The rise in unemployment, caused by the third wave, is bad news, reflecting the structural flaws of the labour market that are accentuated by the pandemic,” Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz tweeted.
Restrictions vary sharply from region to region in Spain, with some shutting down all hospitality businesses, though Madrid has taken a particularly relaxed approach and kept bars and restaurants open.
A total of 30,211 positions were lost over the month, seasonally adjusted data from the Social Security Ministry showed. It was the first month more positions were closed than created since Spain emerged from its strict first-wave lockdown in May.
Still, the number of people supported by Spain’s ERTE furlough scheme across Spain fell by nearly 29,000 to 899,383 in February.
“These figures have remained more or less stable since September, indicating that the second and third waves of the pandemic have had a much smaller effect than the first in this regard,” the ministry said in a statement.
Hotels, bars and restaurants and air travel are the sectors with the highest proportion of furloughed workers, it added.
Tourism dependent regions like the Canary and Balearic Islands have been particularly hard hit, with the workforce contracting by more than 6% since last February in both archipelagos.
The last time the number of jobless in Spain hit 4 million was in April 2016.
(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska, Nathan Allen and Belén Carreño, Editing by Inti Landauro, Kirsten Donovan and Philippa Fletcher)
Pandemic ‘shecession’ reverses women’s workplace gains
By Anuradha Nagaraj
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The coronavirus pandemic reversed women’s workplace gains in many of the world’s wealthiest countries as the burden of childcare rose and female-dominated sectors shed jobs, according to research released on Tuesday.
Women were more likely than men to lose their jobs in 17 of the 24 rich countries where unemployment rose last year, according to the latest annual PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Women in Work Index.
Jobs in female-dominated sectors like marketing and communications were more likely to be lost than roles in finance, which are more likely to be held by men, said the report, calling the slowdown a “shecession”.
Meanwhile, women were spending on average 7.7 more hours a week than men on unpaid childcare, a “second shift” that is nearly the equivalent of a full-time job and risks forcing some out of paid work altogether, it found.
“Although jobs will return when economies bounce back, they will not necessarily be the same jobs,” said Larice Stielow, senior economist at PwC.
“If we don’t have policies in place to directly address the unequal burden of care, and to enable more women to enter jobs in growing sectors of the economy, women will return to fewer hours, lower-skilled, and lower paid jobs.”
The report, which looked at 33 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) club of rich nations, said progress towards gender equality at work would not begin to recover until 2022.
Even then, the pace of progress would need to double if rich countries were to make up the losses by 2030, it said, calling on governments and businesses to improve access to growth sectors such as artificial intelligence and renewable energy.
Laura Hinton, chief people officer at PwC, said it was “paramount that gender pay gap reporting is prioritised, with targeted action plans put in place as businesses focus on building back better and fairer”.
Britain has required employers with more than 250 staff to submit gender pay gap figures every year since 2017 in a bid to reduce pay disparities, but last year it suspended the requirement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(Reporting by Anuradha Nagaraj @AnuraNagaraj; Editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)
German January exports to UK fell 30% year-on-year as Brexit hit – Stats Office
BERLIN (Reuters) – German exports to the United Kingdom fell by 30% year-on-year in January “due to Brexit effects”, preliminary trade figures released by the Federal Statistics Office on Tuesday showed.
In 2020, German exports to the UK fell by 15.5% compared to 2019, recording the biggest year-on-year decline since the financial and economic crisis in 2009, when they fell by 17.0%, the Office said.
“Since 2016 – the year of the Brexit referendum – German exports to the UK have steadily declined,” the Office said in a statement.
In 2015 German exports to the UK amounted to 89.0 billion euros. In 2020, German they totalled 66.9 billion euros.
Imports to Germany from the UK totalled 34.7 billion euros in 2020, down 9.6 % compared to 2019.
(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers)
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