Fintech Saltare, has opened in Bristol aimed at helping businesses improve cashflow, strengthen supply chain relationships and give more certainty over their payments.
Around 82 per cent of businesses fail not because of lack of profit, but through lack of cash. Yet, recent studies suggest UK SMEs are currently waiting on almost £200 billion tied up in unpaid invoices, and the key to unlocking those payments could rest in incentivising larger organisations to pay early, and in giving them the tools and reasons for doing so.
The fintech is looking to make transformational change in how payments are made and received, developing digitally-based tools to encourage larger organisations to get money into the hands of their smaller suppliers more quickly, and benefit directly by doing so through discounts and other preferential terms.
Founder of Saltare, Chief Executive Anthony Persse, believes they can turn the late payment conversation on its head. He said: “British business needs to be much more disruptive in its thinking if we are to make real, meaningful change.
“By shifting the debate away from the negative commentary around ‘late payment’ and moving it towards a more positive conversation about ‘early payment’, we will do much more than simply improve payment performance. We will help create more jobs, deliver greater levels of investment and generate deeper social value with long-term sustainability at a time when the country needs it most.”
The company is developing a suite of products that use mobile-led technology to enable buyers to manage their entire supply chain in a way that works for them and their key suppliers. The tools Saltare is developing will especially look to address the needs of some of the more challenging sectors and industries, where big businesses or organisations have an extended supply chain. These range from public sector and local authority bodies through to retail and construction.
Anthony says that a good business can easily fail if they don’t have cash: “Our mission is to develop a series of tools that bring the certainty of payment, and the certainty of cashflow, that support both ends of the supply chain. Bigger than this, our mission is to change the mind-set of businesses once and for all, to embrace a new approach that is simple to make, and yet will have positive consequences for future generations.”