A fuss-free application
- Simple to use
- Unlock the cash in your invoices on the go with your mobile
- One upfront fee
- No hidden charges
Your personalised ‘Pot’
- Free up cash from your invoices up to your Invoice Finance Pot’s value
- Use any eligible invoice, even ones not made in Asto
- Friendly customer support available on the phone, over email or live chat
How it works
Challenged by long customer payment terms? Need cash sooner for that next job? Or just want a little help with your cashflow?
Apply for an Invoice Finance Pot
Find out the total value of your invoices you can unlock to help your business. We call this amount your Invoice Finance Pot.
We’ll ask you some questions, do a ‘soft’ credit check, and you’ll have a quick answer.
Confirm ID and bank details
Take a selfie, a snapshot of your ID, and enter your bank details so we can set up your Invoice Finance Pot.
Upload an eligible invoice
Just take a snap, upload the invoice you’ve sent to a customer, and enter the details in the app. Bear in mind, you can’t go over your Invoice Finance Pot amount, whether it’s on one invoice or many.
See how much it could cost
We’ll show you our fee before you decide to unlock your invoice. This fee is based on the total invoiced amount, the date we’ve agreed you’ll pay us, and your business circumstances.
Get the money
If you’re happy with the fee and our terms and conditions, hit ‘Accept’. We’ll buy your invoice and send the money, minus our fee, to your account. It’s usually there within minutes, but may take a little longer.
When the due date we’ve agreed comes around, we’ll collect your payment by Direct Debit. We’ll never take any money from your account without you agreeing up front. You’re still responsible for collecting on our behalf the money due from your customer for the invoice we’ve bought.
How can it help me?
Free up money in your invoices
Once you’re set up with your Invoice Finance Pot, you can quickly unlock money in your invoices with Invoice Finance to help smooth your cashflow.
Customers you know and trust
It’s important to remember you’re still responsible for getting your customers to pay you and to collect the invoice amount on our behalf. You’ll need to pay us on the day we’ve agreed, so you should use Invoice Finance for invoices sent to customers you trust will pay you on time
Good to know
We’re like a start-up
We get what it’s like to run your own business. We want to remove as many hurdles as possible and help make running your business as smooth and positive as can be.
We’re backed by Santander
It’s the best of both worlds – we have the ideas and enthusiasm of a start-up, with the comfort and security of being backed by a long-standing bank. A grown-up start-up, if you like.
What is Asto’s Invoice Finance?
Invoice Finance is a handy way to unlock the money from your unpaid invoices before your customers pay you. Usually called ‘invoice discounting’, we pay you the money due on your invoice, minus our fee, in return for you selling to us the debt owed to you under the invoice.
We agree on a date (up to 15 days from the due date you have agreed with your customer) when you’ll pay us the full amount of the invoice. You’re still responsible for collecting the money due from your customer on our behalf.
Who is eligible?
The following business entity types are currently eligible:
- Sole traders
- Private limited companies
We are working to make Partnerships, and Limited Liability Partnerships eligible in the future.
You must be an owner or director of your business and:
- Be aged 18 or over and a UK resident
- Not be bankrupt or subject to current bankruptcy proceedings and not previously disqualified as a director
- If the business is a private limited company, it must not be in administration or in the process of being wound up or dissolved
- The business must be UK based (and for private limited companies, UK registered as well)
What is a Invoice Finance Pot?
Your Invoice Finance Pot is the total value of invoices that we are willing to buy from you at any given time. Your Invoice Finance Pot is not a credit facility. We ultimately decide whether to buy the invoice amount owing under a particular invoice each time you offer to sell us one of your invoices. Your Invoice Finance Pot gives you an idea of the total value of invoices you could offer to sell to us so you can plan your cash flow needs. You can agree to sell as many invoices as you like, as long as the total amount is within this limit at any given time. There’s no obligation for you to use it and you only pay a fee for the invoices you choose to finance.
How long does it take to apply for a Invoice Finance Pot?
It should take minutes to complete the application, depending on your business. If you need to find some information, you can save what you’ve done part-way through and come back to it when you’re ready.
Assuming we don’t need any other information from you, you will likely receive an answer straight after you’ve submitted your application. If we do need more information, it could take longer to give you an answer.
How much could it cost?
The cost depends on the value of your invoice, the date we’ve agreed you’ll pay us, and your personal daily fee. We can agree a payment date that is up to 15 days later than your customer’s payment due date.
For example, if your customer is due to pay an invoice by 10 June, you can choose to pay us on a day that falls between 10 days from today and 25 June. The shorter the period you select, the lower your fee will be.