The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has warned that the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans, has parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008. Minutes from the FPC’s latest meeting also reveal warnings over the rise in loans with weaker covenants…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed plans to extend access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The changes will mean that SMEs with an annual turnover below £6.5m and fewer than 50 employees, or an annual balance sheet below £5m will now be able to refer unresolved…

Sales across UK business rose by 1.5% in the last three months, the equivalent of £99.8bn, according to the latest figures from the Creditsafe Watchdog Report. This follows two consecutive quarters in the year to date of falling sales and rising company failures. The quarterly Watchdog report, which analyses financial data across 12* UK business…

Over 2,700 construction firms enter insolvency in the last year – 6% rise following Carillion liquidation according to market analysis by Moore Stephens. 2,764 construction firms entered insolvency in 2017/1, jumping 6% in just a year from 2,608 in 2016/17. The significant rise in insolvencies follows Carillion’s liquidation in January 2018, which caused knock-on effects…

Winding up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 365 CATERING LTD A & E CIVIL ENGINEERING LTD A D TOOL HIRE LTD A L C (MIDLANDS) LTD A PRITCHARD LTD ACE BODYSHOP LTD ACHOM AND PARTNERS LTD AD2ONE LTD ADELAAR LTD AELLA LTD AFA PRESS UK…

Administration notices have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: ACTION SPORTS MEDIA LTD AEGIS DATA PROPERTIES LTD AMEY BIRMINGHAM HIGHWAYS HOLDINGS LTD ARMATUS RISKS HOLDINGS LTD ARTIES MILL LTD AVANTI JEWELLERY LTD AZZURRI HOLYWOOD LTD BEDARO LTD BERTINALEY CARE LTD BESTIVAL GROUP LTD BESTIVAL LTD BLAIR INSTALLATIONS LTD BMAC FOOD…

Business data, insights and analytics specialist Graydon has announced a strategic partnership with financial automation specialist Rimilia. Through stimulating awareness in the market, Graydon and Rimilia will help companies to gain access to capital and minimise their exposure to credit risk. Graydon and Rimilia will enable their clients to benefit from both Graydon’s accurate data and…

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued credit reference agency Equifax with a £500,000 fine for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million UK citizens during a cyber attack in 2017. The incident, which happened between 13 May and 30 July 2017 in the US, affected 146 million customers globally. The…

The winners of the second annual  2018 Credit & Collections Technology Awards have been revealed. There were sixteen winners from the eighteen Awards categories which are covered by four main headings of Credit, Collections, Credit & Collections services and Innovation. The awards ceremony was held at Credit Services Association’s (CSA) annual Gala dinner at the…

Small businesses are calling on the Government to immediately publish the Call for Evidence into poor payment practices announced in this year’s Spring Statement six months ago. The call comes after the release of the latest Duty to Report data highlights that just over half (52%) of invoices were paid within 30 days. The data…

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