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Company Monitoring vs Bad Debt Protection

Feb 07, 2024 Niamh Hunter Updated On: February 7, 2024
Company Monitoring vs Bad Debt Protection

Regardless of industry, goals, or size, every business must have crucial financial strategies that drive business success.

There is a wide range of strategies businesses can put into play, with some providing better results than others. 

We at Red Flag Alert are dissecting the nuanced differences between two common facets of financial management, bad debt protection and company monitoring tools. While monitoring empowers businesses to proactively track their financial health, bad debt protection provides some peace of mind.  

Take a closer look at the intricacies of these strategies, understand their impact on fiscal stability, and reveal the path towards sustainable and resilient business practices.

What is Bad Debt Protection?

“Bad debt protection” refers to a financial safeguard that companies put in place to mitigate the impact of non-payment by their customers

Also known as trade credit insurance or credit risk insurance, this type of protection is designed to shield businesses from losses arising due to customers' inability to pay their debts.  

Bad debt protection policies typically cover a specified percentage of the outstanding debt, offering a safety net against insolvency, bankruptcy, or protracted default. This proactive approach helps companies manage their credit risk, ensuring a more stable and secure financial foundation in the face of uncertainties. 

Is Bad Debt Protection Enough to Protect Businesses?

While bad debt protection or trade credit insurance offers valuable risk mitigation, there are some potential disadvantages to consider: 

Costs: Acquiring bad debt protection comes with a price, typically in the form of premiums. This can add to the overall operational costs for a business, especially for smaller enterprises with tighter budgets.

Exclusions and Limitations: Policies may have exclusions or limitations on coverage, and not all types of debts may be covered. Understanding the terms and conditions is crucial to avoid surprises when filing a claim.

Complexity: Managing bad debt protection can introduce complexity into financial operations. Navigating the intricacies of policies, claims, and compliance may require additional resources and expertise.

Credit Limit Adjustments: Insurers may impose credit limits on customers, and these limits can be conservative. This might restrict a business's ability to extend credit to certain customers, potentially impacting sales and relationships.

Dependency on Insurer's Financial Health: The effectiveness of bad debt protection is contingent on the financial stability of the insurer. If the insurer faces financial challenges, it could affect their ability to fulfil claims, putting the insured business at risk.

Potential for Over-reliance: Relying solely on bad debt protection might lead to a false sense of security. Businesses may become less vigilant in assessing the creditworthiness of customers, assuming that insurance will cover any losses.

Administrative Burden: While bad debt protection can streamline some administrative tasks, managing the relationship with the insurer and adhering to reporting requirements can still add to the administrative workload.

Before opting for bad debt protection, businesses should carefully weigh these disadvantages against the potential benefits and assess their specific needs and circumstances. 

 For the majority of organisations, monitoring holds a huge amount of value, from spotting incoming insolvencies to ensuring clients are still reliable. 

How Monitoring Supports Businesses Further Than Bad Debt Protection 

Despite the hardships that roll in after a company has suffered from insolvency, there is an opportunity to learn from the overall situation. 

By monitoring all aspects of the businesses and organisations involved in a construction company’s supply chain, preventative action can be taken before insolvency strikes. This involves spotting and analysing internal changes, performing more enhanced customer due diligence procedures, and investing in risk management protocols. 

Putting these theories into practice can be easier said than done. It requires a huge investment in time and effort and can seem like an intimidating amount of work to take on. 

Red Flag Alert’s real-time and comprehensive business data gives construction companies control, as its wide range of uses provides a detailed insight into any business operating within the UK. 

Late payments or non-payment of invoices can be tracked in real-time through automated systems that flag overdue payments, allowing for prompt action. Cash flow issues can be identified through the tool's financial analytics, providing a comprehensive view of a company's liquidity.

Renegotiation requests to alter payment terms can be tracked through the communication features of the tool, creating a transparent record of any financial adjustments, whilst financial performance, such as profit warnings or financial disclosures, can be promptly analysed in real-time through the tool's news aggregation capabilities. 

Likewise, the tool can monitor legal actions, such as winding up petitions or the issuance of County Court Judgments (CCJs), alerting users to potential insolvency risks.

Avoid Bad Debt by Monitoring Insolvency Predictors 

In times of crisis, proactive monitoring proves superior to reactive measures like bad debt protection. 

Monitoring enables businesses to foresee potential financial challenges, allowing swift adjustments and risk mitigation. Unlike protection plans, monitoring is a preventative method, allowing businesses to avoid the lengthy insurance process. 

Instead, by pinpointing creditworthy, reliable debtors through monitoring, businesses can stay ahead of emerging risks addressing the issues at their source.


Nine Signs of a Reliable, Creditworthy Business:

  • Consistent payment history
  • Stable financial statements
  • Low debt-to-equity ratio
  • Positive industry reputation
  • Transparent communication
  • Strong relationship with suppliers
  • Consistent cash flow
  • Demonstrated risk management
  • Proactive credit management


Nine Signs That Suggest Financial Troubles:

  • Late payment, or failing to pay invoices at all
  • Renegotiation requests to change payment terms
  • Word-of-mouth concerns 
  • Official announcements detailing financial performance
  • Creditors issuing winding up petitions
  • A sudden suspension of ongoing work 
  • Unsatisfied CCJs or any issued High Court Claims 
  • Delays in filing accounts or returns at Companies House
  • Several key members of the contractor's project team left simultaneously.

Being able to spot these signs as early as possible can place a business in a much more favourable position when assessing creditworthiness to avoid bad debt.  

Red Flag Alert’s expertly designed monitoring tools can provide an in-depth look into the health and growth rating of a business, as well as a deeper look at updating businesses when one or more of these signs are in motion, in real-time. Using this data, we were able to identify and predict the collapse of the construction world’s two big players.

Monitoring Benefits with Red Flag Alert

Red Flag Alert's monitoring tool outshines traditional bad debt protection insurance by offering a plethora of benefits that address the shortcomings of its competitors. 

One key advantage lies in the effectiveness of its monitoring feature. Unlike competitors, Red Flag Alert provides a dynamic and personally tailorable monitoring system. 

Many alternatives lack segmentation and detailed control, resulting in a situation where hundreds of companies may be monitored with little clarity on why, who, and what, leading to information overload and decreased efficiency. Red Flag Alert’s 

The tool also reduces the risk of human error by offering the most comprehensive and easily customisable editing, filtering, and settings options. Users can swiftly manage their monitoring preferences without the need for an account manager, optimising staff time and minimising email clutter. 

Furthermore, Red Flag Alert facilitates seamless communication and alignment within and across departments. Users can share lists and alerts, ensuring clarity and preventing crucial information from being overlooked or deleted.  

The tool's portfolio analysis feature adds an extra layer of sophistication by providing insights into the risk and health of prospect and client lists. This overall approach allows businesses to understand the interconnectedness of their operations and stay on top of potential issues.

Learn more about how Red Flag Alert can assist you or experience it firsthand with a no-obligation trial by signing up today. Gain complete access to our platform and features and regain control.

Published by Niamh Hunter February 7, 2024
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