10 Tips to Reduce Debt

1) Know your customer.

Businesses are often more interested in the fact they have gained a new customer / client

than thinking about putting processes in place. Credit Applications, Credit Checks, Trade

References are all good tools. However, look also at the Directors of the business – have

they had several companies over a short period of time that have all been dissolved?

Consider placing the company on a monitor for 12 months so it flags up if the companies

credit file changes.

2) Invoice content - Terms and conditions attached to invoices.

A clear Invoice is a good invoice. Keep the information basic, avoid clutter, and put the

important parts in bold, larger letters so they stand out. Include the following:

• Customer company or business name.

• Invoice date

• Full product/service description

• Customer order number

• Bank details for payment via Bank Transfer

• Delivery date and method

• VAT number and VAT applicable

• Payment terms

3) Credit limits.

Initially take the first 3 orders payments up front, then run a credit report and ascertain a

Credit Limit. However, keep a close eye on the limit as these are subject to frequent


4) Follow up after sending invoice.

Issue your invoice at the earliest opportunity. Make sure that in between the invoice going

off, and the due date for payment you call the company. Make sure they have received the

invoice, everything is OK and ask how and when it will be paid. This is also good customer


5) Debt collection & Legal Action Policy.

Have a clear, stringent Debt Collection Policy and Basic terms on the reverse of the invoice.


6) Early settlement discounts.

Be careful with this one, as it will come off your bottom line. However, you may find it useful

and successful offering a percentage discount off your invoice if they pay early. i.e 30 day

invoice, however receive 5% discount if paid within 14 days.

7) On stop accounts.

This is a useful tool for regular Clients / Customers. Place accounts on stop if invoices remain

unpaid after a certain period of time past the due date. This can then cause them problems

on re-ordering stock, or wanting to use your service again.

8) Improve Credit Control Function

BE PROACTIVE – Don’t wait until the invoice is overdue before making contact. As

mentioned in point 4, call before the invoice is due. If payment is not received on the due

date, don’t leave it a few more days, get straight on the phone. The term ‘whoever shouts

the loudest gets paid first’ is a casing point here. However, it may be your Credit Control

processes are tired, old or out of date. Strikes CS can help you here with our consultation.

9) Hire a debt collector or restructure.

Similar to point 8, however it sometimes helps putting your Debt Collection Suppliers name

on your final demand. We allow clients to do this and have been told it certainly improves

the response. Make it clear what the time scales are before it is passed to them – remember

name your debt collector – when a debtor sees this in writing, it feels more real that you are


10) Quote upfront.

Surprises are not always fun! Client and Customers don’t sometimes keep a track on what

product or services they are ordering / have ordered. Get a defined pricing structure, keep

the client / customer updated with regular statements. Quote upfront is often overlooked.

Remember: A good customer is a paying customer!

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Once again I have to write to congratulate you on the swiftness of your services.

I put the abandoned vehicle legal sign that you gave me on an old type Audi which had been just left on our land, and it was quite interesting having several people watching me doing it, but no one came forward to ask me what I was doing. Obviously the word got around and the vehicle was removed within 48 hours. This has saved me having to pay to get it removed and recycled, so a big thank you to strikes B2B Debt Collection agency

Ann Rumsby, Dencora

Just want to say thank you to Strikes Collection Services for your help with our unwanted visitors, it was much appreciated.

Zoe Schager, Senior Customer Service Representative

I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your staff for removing the unwanted travellers from our car park in Peterborough.

To have them moved on without them even staying a night is absolutely great and our tenants on the business park are very grateful. If I had the same service through the courts this would have taken three weeks, and I am sure it would have cost us at least double, especially with the clear up afterwards.

Ann Rumsby, Dencora

I will certainly keep you in mind for future work as was thoroughly impressed with your service

Jacqueline, Associate, LLP

I have known and worked in conjunction with Strikes for sometime now. Chris Bane and his team are reliable and always on hand to assist whenever that may be.

I would not hesitate in recommending Strikes services.

Peter Harling, Insolvency, Litigation, Debt Recovery and Company Restoration solicitor at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors, West Yorkshire

This is the first time we have used a debt collection agency.

I would have no hesitation in using Strikes Collection Services again and recommending them to others.

I had been chasing the outstanding debt myself for almost six months but Chris managed to reclaim the outstanding monies within a matter of days. Chris was very professional and took away all the stress. I only wish I had contacted Strikes earlier!

Katie, Credit Control Manager, Manchester Recruitment Agency

We, as a company, have used Chris for a number of year. Always on hand to advise us and very professional in dealing with our lessees.

Billy Wilson, Senior Credit Controller, Heineken UK

Always can be counted on for a fast, efficient and reliable service.

Clare, Solicitor, Real Estate Dispute Resolution

We instructed Chris Bane, of Strikes Bailiffs, to evict some travellers from our car park at the John Smith’s Stadium here in Huddersfield. This was done in a very professional manner and to a time scale that meant there was no disruption to our business, tenants or customers. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Chris Bane, of Strikes Bailiffs to anyone needing the services of a Bailiff.

Philip. J .Armitage MBIFM, Operations Manager, Kirklees Stadium Development Limited, The John Smith’s Stadium

I have found Strikes CS to be efficient, professional and most importantly effective when managing our ledger/clients.

Strikes CS have provided a service that we will most certainly be using again and I feel confident recommending to other businesses without reservation. The results speak for themselves! Thank you for your continuing support over the last 12 months.

Emma, Strand Recruitment


Strikes Collection Services works with businesses all over the UK with one or more of its services. We work with clients of varying sizes to ascertain their needs, understand their business and create a solution, confident of success every time.

Through the process, whether it be Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, Traveller Evictions or B2B Debt Collection, we keep you informed every step of the way with regular updates and weekly reporting.

We provide clients with a very professional, honest and speedy service, meaning you, the client, can concentrate on other areas of your business knowing your issues are in safe hands

Our clients range from small, owner managed business to large PLC’s. We are experienced with both low volume and high volume work. Clients are particularly impressed with our gaurentee of same day, Faster Payment bank transfers of client’s monies – something we pride ourselves on.

By taking care of the process on your behalf in a professional and efficient manner Strikes Collection Services are able to offer a quality, stress free service second to none.

Our collections team have successfully collected outstanding debts for a variety of clients across various industries, from Recruitment Fee Debt, Commercial Property Debt, Distribution Company Debt to Estate Agency Fees.


Whilst our Enforcement Agents have successfully completed Traveller Evictions, Commercial Rent Arears Recovery Instructions and Forfeiture of Leases across the UK for a variety of property companies.

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Many people are unaware of the legalities surrounding debt collection, traveler evictions, CRAR, and forfeiture of lease. Handing these debts and instructions over to a qualified company with many years’ experience can offer a sense of relief that the situation will be handled correctly, legally and immediately leaving you to get along with the actual job of running a business.