UK manufacturing sector squanders 14 million a year on poor IT financing deals

12 pence in every 1 borrowed to finance IT purchases & leases is needlessly wasted on admin costs, charges and inflated interest rates

Poor IT financing costs UK manufacturing businesses more than 280,000 every working week. For every 1 borrowed to finance IT purchases and leases, 12 pence is needlessly wasted on admin costs, charges and paying higher than necessary interest rates. If manufacturing businesses cut out the broker middleman and source IT finance via independent online marketplaces they could collectively increase their IT spending power by 13.9million a year (equivalent to more than 42,000 PCs).

These are the headline findings of research conducted by financial analysts at Using proprietary data as well as government and industry statistics, modelled the various costs involved in sourcing IT finance, including:

o Executive and administrative time
o Office costs and legal representation
o Broker fees
o Finance provider charges
o Higher interest rates

The costs for three different scenarios - sourcing finance via a broker, via a technology vendor and direct with finance providers - were then compared against sourcing via an online IT finance marketplace to reveal the 'cost of poor IT financing'.

"Sourcing specialist IT finance can be a complex task, made all the more difficult by the lack of transparent advice and information. Unsurprisingly then, businesses are falling foul of hidden costs and are unlikely to get the best deal possible," said Suki Gallagher, CEO of . "Our research underscores the financial imperative for looking at alternative ways of sourcing finance, such as letting finance providers bid for your businesses online. It's about time UK businesses took back control and turned IT financing into a borrowers' market."

About Smartfundit means finance on demandtm for the world's technology through an independent, open platform that brings finance providers, technology vendors and businesses together. The site cuts out the middleman and provides a fast, easy and secure way for companies to source flexible IT leasing finance. Since launching in January 2006, has been used in the funding of technology purchases totalling more than 250million ($500million). subscribers range from small to large companies including blue-chip technology vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft, Readsoft, Computer Services Group, Infor: K3, Morse and Torex, and end-customers such as Barclays, Institute of Payroll & Pensions Management, British Nuclear Group, Spinvox and Trutex.

The company is privately held and is headquartered in the UK with offices in San Francisco, USA.

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