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iwoca makes its “buy now, pay later” invoicing product free for small businesses during lockdown

By iwoca

  • Usage of payment terms product – iwocaPay – grows 700% during the pandemic.

  • The lender is dropping all fees to further support buyers and sellers through a second lockdown.

London, 9 November, 2020. iwoca, one of Europe’s largest small business lenders, announces that its invoice payments product – iwocaPay – will be free throughout the UK’s second national lockdown to support small businesses impacted by coronavirus.1

iwocaPay is a new product from iwoca that allows small businesses to be paid upfront while letting their customers spread their costs over 90 days. The news comes as the number of times small businesses offered iwocaPay to their customers grew 700% during the initial lockdown (sharing a paylink), as well as an 85% spike in the number of small businesses using the product.

iwoca launched iwocaPay in June 2020 to make it easier for small businesses to get paid and to help both SMEs and their customers to manage cash flow. As the country enters a second lockdown, iwoca has decided to make its product free to help SMEs stay in business and keep cash positive. Usual fees for sellers and interest charged over the 90 day duration of the product for buyers will be dropped. Sellers will get 100% of their cash upfront for their invoices whether they are new or outstanding.

iwoca committed to help businesses get paid on time 

The fintech lender carried out research in June which revealed that 40% of B2B suppliers were owed more than £10,000 in outstanding invoices in the first lockdown with a third of small businesses lacking any confidence that they would ever get paid.2 Within the same period, a quarter of all UK businesses (of which SMEs represent the majority) ceased trading, and over half of those that continued to trade saw a fall in turnover.3

Lara Gilman, Co-lead of iwocaPay said: “We want to open up our product to help as many people as possible get paid during this time. We now know that lockdown has amplified the challenges SMEs have been battling such as low productivity and late payments, so removing all of iwocaPay’s fees will help ensure the same thing does not happen again.

“Coronavirus can and should trigger a step-change for small businesses to become more efficient, productive and resilient. We want to help by doing our bit and being there for small businesses when they need us the most.”

iwocaPay is available to all limited companies and sole traders in the UK for invoices between £150 and £15,000. Suppliers get paid up front and their business customers can spread the cost over up to 90 days.

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Photo of Lara Gilman, Co-lead of iwocaPay and iwocaPay images: here.

Notes to editor

  1. iwocaPay will be free from 5th November to 2nd December. This will be reviewed if lockdown is extended. The 3% fee on invoices paid via iwocaPay will be dropped and customers get 90 days interest free (opposed to just 30 days).

  2. From iwoca’s survey of 537 small businesses (27/4/20 – 14/5/20).

  3. Between 23 March and 5 April 2020: Office for National Statistics, April 16, 2020 : here.

About iwoca: iwoca is unlocking economic growth by expanding the financial possibilities available to small business owners. Since launching in 2012, we have made funding available to 50,000 businesses and have raised over £400 million in equity and debt finance. For more information go to www.iwoca.co.uk, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @iwoca and Instagram @iwoca.