Author Archives: colm

Is Your Seasonal Funding In Place?

For seasonal businesses access to working capital to pay suppliers is essential. Abcor’s funding supports seasonal businesses by matching their finance requirement to the trade cycle. Loans can often appear appropriate however it risks leaving businesses with costly excess cash. Excess cash can lead to deployment of funds to areas not initially intended. This may […]

Freight Costs Fall Dramatically

Some good news, a rare occurrence these days. Freight costs have fallen dramatically. Some freight forwarders are now reporting $3,000 for a 40ft container from China to the UK. This is back to pre-pandemic prices. Last year, we reported the huge increase in shipping costs. Prices peaked at $20,000, for a 40 ft container from […]

Abcor Supports Sportswear Brand, Samurai, With A Purchase Facility

Abcor Finance are delighted to have supported leading sportswear brand, Samurai Apparel with a £250k short-term purchase facility. “We were introduced to Abcor by our Invoice Financier, ECapital , as we required some short-term seasonal financing to fuel our continued growth. Andy and Colm quickly got to grips with our requirements; provided us with a […]

Are Supply Chains About To Undergo The Biggest Change In A Generation?

In our previous blog “Structural Changes in Supply Chain”, posted at the end of last year, little did we know how prescient the discussion and explanation of diversification, re-shoring and greater inventory would be. The context was around supply chain disruptions post-Covid, especially from China and the post Brexit re-alignment of supply chains in the UK. […]

Abcor Finance Launches Foreign Exchange Offering for 2022

Abcor Finance has expanded its support for UK businesses. It has added facilitation of International Payments, Abcor FX, to its existing Purchase Order and Trade Finance solutions. Abcor FX is a partnership between Abcor Finance and Intertrade Exchange to provide clients with the best foreign exchange rates.  There are no fees when you make or […]

Structural Change In Supply Chains

Increased consumer demand and supply chain disruptions remain. This is creating three discussion points on the future structure of supply chains; namely diversification, reshoring and greater inventory holdings. Suppliers compete on a combination of price, quality and service. We are now in a prolonged period of higher prices and disrupted services.  The Financial Times is […]

Can Trade Finance Help With Supply Chain Disruptions?

A day doesn’t go by where there isn’t a news story on problems supplying and sourcing goods. Can trade finance help support businesses through this period? We seem to be in a perfect storm of increased consumer demand and supply chain disruptions, from logistics to raw materials, through to labour shortages. At the turn of […]