URICA joins forces with the Commercial Horticultural Association at GrowQuip

Posted On 14 Oct 2016
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growquip-buttonKENT, UK GrowQuip Conference, Dinner and Showcase to provide new risk-free and debt-free access to cash service.

URICA, the government-backed early payment network for SMEs, is one of the sponsors of GrowQuip 2016 and will be joining forces with the CHA to launch a new service to the association’s members at the event.

URICA helps businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, get access to supply chain finance, early payments and import finance.  Through URICA, CHA supplier and grower members can use the firm’s online platform, enabling them to get their customer invoices paid in cash as early as the day after approval. URICA’s unique early payment offering means businesses can trade on the terms that suit their business.  All businesses need to do is select their invoices and send them online via URICA, and receive cash payment on those invoices once URICA has confirmed payment from the customer.  The customer then pays URICA the entire value of the invoice, up to 90 days after the original invoice date.  In total, URICA is now in the position to pay CHA’s members a total of £6,400,000 in cash, tomorrow.  For those businesses, there is no risk, zero debt, and no fear of late or non-payment of their invoices any longer.

A critical advantage of URICA’s support for CHA members is access to their global partners, and in particular Euler Hermes for credit checking of existing and new customers, helping protect their businesses from commercial risks. This partnership with URICA offers CHA members  cutting-edge solutions to finance, risk and credit insurance.

One supplier that has already experienced the value of the URICA service started using URICA when it began supplying a national UK retail chain with their products, in the autumn of 2015. Having explored using another finance product in order to get early payment on their invoices, the firm found it to be too difficult to work with, lacking in flexibility and quite expensive. “The URICA service has proved to be just the opposite”, says Mark Herchel. “With URICA, it’s been a very good working relationship and more favourable for businesses.  I would highly recommend them to anyone. We can adjust every invoice according to how strong or weak our cash flow is and URICA releases 100 per cent of the cash in the invoice. Everything with URICA feels almost immediate and there’s always a person there on the other end of a phone or email. The one thing that URICA is not, is complicated – that’s for sure. It’s an easy, flexible system which just makes sense. For the fee that I’m paying, which is such a small percentage of the invoice value, it makes sense, feels right, and I don’t feel bad spending the money on such a good service for the business. It’s all about cash flow for us.”

Members of the URICA team will be at GrowQuip to provide CHA association members and potential members with details of the scheme.

Of the partnership, Lindsay Whitelaw, Founder & Chairman of URICA, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the CHA to help its members grow and thrive. In an increasingly tough and globalised economy, and with the banks unable to provide the support that is needed, we aim to make sure smaller businesses can grow, employ more staff, export and thrive, but freeing them from the burden of late payment..”

GrowQuip is the cross-industry commercial horticultural conference focusing on the key issues facing growers of fruit, vegetables, salads and ornamentals, and will take place for the first time in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire from 26-27 October 2016.

The subsidised, all inclusive package for delegates of £259 plus VAT includes entrance to the conference, lunch, dinner with an after dinner speaker, overnight accommodation at Stratford Manor Hotel, and breakfast and lunch on the second day plus refreshments during the event.

The two day event at Stratford Manor Hotel encompasses a themed conference programme –Equip yourself for success– which will bring together the best brains in horticulture to provide growers with help in overcoming some of the common problems they face in the day to day running of their businesses.

Marshall Dirks, Proven Winners, USA

James Simpson, MD of Adrian Scripps Ltd, UK top fruit growers

Jane King, CEO of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Dr Ed Moorhouse, Technical Consultant to G’s Fresh

Alex Fisher, Saturn Bioponics and Consultant for Valefresco Ltd

Bruce Harnett, Nuffield Scholar and MD for Kernock Park Plants

Alfie Moore, BBC Radio 4 presenter and comedian, GrowQuip’s after dinner speaker

Dr Clare Sampson, Keele University – pest & disease expert

Carol Paris, CEO of the Horticultural Trades Association

Amanda Sizer Barrett MBE, Director General of The Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers

Day Two of the event will stage a panel discussion and debate on several topics including what Brexit means for horticulture as  well as the opportunity for delegates to visit the exhibition showcase  and network with fellow growers and suppliers.

URICA is the latest sponsor to support the event. URICA helps businesses of all sizes, across all sectors get access to supply chain finance, early payments and import finance. It joins fellow event sponsors Bulrush Horticulture, Hortifeeds , XL Horticulture, PG Horticulture and MorePeople. GrowQuip is also supported by the trade organisations, Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

Allied to the conference programme is an exhibition showcase, where conference attendees will be able to view the latest products and services available to commercial growers from major suppliers to horticulture.

The first day culminates in a networking dinner with an intriguing and truly unique after dinner speaker – certainly not to be missed! On day two, the exhibition will also be open free of charge to all growers. CHA Chairman Pat Flynn comments:  “GrowQuip 2016 is a cross-industry commercial horticultural conference which provides ideas, diversity and possible solutions which maybe come from a different growing sector to your own – equipping you for success, equipping you for the future.”

And in the year the world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon is the town to visit in 2016. Delegates and/or their partners can tour Shakespeare’s birthplace, pay respects at his grave at Holy Trinity Church or simply explore the beautiful Warwickshire town he called home.

A two day conference and dinner package, including accommodation with breakfast and lunch, is just £259+VAT and exhibition costs start at just £555+VAT.

CHA members receive a 10% discount on delegate packages or exhibition bookings. Contact Pat Flynn for details and to book your places at the conference, dinner or your exhibition presence. E-mail Pat@cha-hort.com  or ring Pat on 07778 313623 or Gemma Chandler on 01959 565995.

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