Which factors influence your credit score?
Your company’s credit score provides a snapshot of your business’ financial health. It’s influenced by a number of factors. Your industry type (listed on Companies House as a ‘SIC’ code) can influence your score. Your past payment performance can have an impact. Having active County Court Judgements (CCJs), filing your accounts late, or having high levels of debt can all have an effect too. It’s complex, but there are ways to understand these impacts.
Action: See which factors are influencing your business credit score
How does a business credit score work?
Business credit scores are determined by a variety of different factors that show banks, lenders, suppliers and other businesses how your business is performing.
- Business payment history
- Company age and size
- Filing of accounts
- Debt and debt usage
- Risk of failure in your industry
- Any County Court Judgements (CCJs) registered against your business
- Any signs of business insolvencies
Your score shows banks and lenders how much of a risk it would be to lend your business money. Credit agencies each have their own scale for calculating your credit score. Our credit agency partner, Experian, uses the Commercial Delphi Score with scores that range from 0 (the highest risk) to 100 (the lowest risk).
Action: Sign-up to check your business credit profile
How can I check my businesses’ credit score?
You can check your business credit score right now by signing up to Capitalise for Business. If you’re already signed up, you can check your score at any time by simply logging in. We work with Experian, one of the UKs leading credit bureaus, to show you the same score and data used by banks and lenders.
How can I build my business credit score?
Building up your business credit score is all about adopting best practices when it comes to your business finances. There’s different strategies you can start focusing on and implementing to increase your score over time. Including:
- Filing your accounts on time and in a consistent pattern
- Paying your bills and suppliers on time
- Minimising your existing lines of credit or consolidating them into one manageable loan from a single lender
- Maintaining good account performance by removing dormant or low activity bank accounts
- Making sure you have no risks of insolvency in your business or registered County Court Judgements
The first step is to know exactly what your business credit score is and what factors are affecting it. If you are already signed up to Capitalise for Business, log in to check your credit profile.
Action: Sign-up to check see if I eligible for a Credit Review
Understanding the impact of your business credit score
As a small business, there will be times when you need to borrow money, or agree credit terms with your suppliers. You may want to take out a business loan, or negotiate a bank overdraft. Or you might want to secure improved credit with a supplier. But to do this, you need to be creditworthy – so lenders and suppliers know you can repay them.
The positive benefits of knowing your credit score
Using credit tools, it's possible to view the credit history of your business. This means that potential suppliers, business partners, or even competitors, can see your credit score. Knowing your credit score can influence whether customers and suppliers want to work with you. So, monitoring your business credit score – and being proactive about improving it – can help you improve your access to funding and trade credit.
How to improve your business credit score
The exact steps you need to take to improve your business credit score will be specific to your business and the factors that are having a negative impact.
But, if you looked at your score recently and it looked low, there are strategies you can do today to start improving your score. First, you’ll want to check you’ve got no long-standing overdue payments or County Court Judgements (CCJs) against your business. Then, check your payment performance, and whether you have any overdue payments.
You may want to consider looking into our Credit Review Service, powered by Experian. You’ll get your credit score reviewed by one of the UKs leading credit bureaus, and their experts to check if it's correct and see if it can be improved. Find out more about this service.
Read our recent article to find out how you can improve your credit score. Or, speak to our team of funding specialists to get some advice.
The value of credit improvement for your business
Credit improvement helps your business build a better credit score.
Repair the areas that are holding back your creditworthiness, and you’ll give your credit score a boost. This means better access to funding. Lower interest rates on loans you take out. And improved terms on your trade credit. With better funding and more money in the business, you’re free to drive your future growth – and that’s good news for any business owner.
Find out more about your business credit score at Capitalise.com
Original post 24.01.2022