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Capital raise to fund software development

2nd May 2017
HEAD OF SPECIALIST LENDING

Chris Whitney

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Capital raise to fund software development
Chris Whitney
HEAD OF SPECIALIST LENDING

Chris Whitney

I was recently referred a case by one of our key Business Development Managers. My clients were a self-employed businessman and his wife. They were looking to raise capital against their £1million+ South Eastern home to meet credit commitments and release additional funds to assist with the development of key software to further their business.

Commercial finance is rarely straightforward, but this case was particularly challenging for a number of reasons. Firstly, my clients were self-employed, which tends to raise certain concerns for lenders. However, with a strong track record and close relationships with a wide range of lenders, a good mortgage broker is able to negotiate this.

Secondly, in addition to being self-employed, my clients had also experienced a recent cashflow issue, resulting in a missed payment on their credit history; a blip on an otherwise exemplary credit record.

The final challenge was the primary reason for capital raising itself: the completion of the business software. Even successful self-employed businesses can be notoriously difficult to qualify to lenders – especially if a client’s credit record is not squeaky clean. In this case, the software would take some months to develop and would not produce any immediate returns, something which presented the biggest issue to many potential lenders.

In addition to these challenges, I had to work to a tight deadline because my clients needed to release the finance quickly to avoid defaulting on other commitments and further deteriorating their credit record.

Therefore, my clients were under a serious time pressure, and had three main issues to qualify to prospective lenders: their self-employment; their imperfect credit record; and the inability to specify when they might begin to see monetary returns on their software development.

Using Enness’ reputation and wide range of lenders, I was able to find a lender for my clients that would agree to overlook the imperfection in my clients’ credit record, given their exemplary behaviour until that point. The lender was also willing to take a ‘leap of faith’, with regard to seeing evidence of returns from the investment.

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