Analysis from Equiniti, the FTSE-listed share services and fintech business, of UK Finance statistics shows that continued Brexit uncertainty is having the biggest impact on the smallest businesses in relation to asset based lending and invoice finance borrowing. The figures show that total advances to businesses with a turnover of less than £1 million a…

An accountant has been disqualified, by the Insolvency Service, from running companies after he helped one of his clients to defraud creditors of more than £1.65 million. Paul Manley was disqualified for 12 years on 11 December 2018 and his ban is effective from 1 January 2019. Incorporated in 1994, County West Commercial Services Ltd…

Data from the winners and finalists of the second annual Credit & Collections Technology have been collated and are now available as part of a report reviewing the 2018 event. The Awards report highlights the unique and transparent ethos of the scheme by providing graphs, statistics and judges comments which highlight the results. The Awards event,…

New research released by Nucleus Commercial Finance has revealed that 74% of UK SME leaders are fearful about what 2019 holds. The majority of SME leaders have concerns about the impact one or more external factors will have on their business. Brexit leads the way (27%) and is closely followed by: The sudden loss of…

Accountancy firm Moore Stephens says in 2017/18 there were 1,219 restaurant insolvencies, up 24% on the year before and nearly double the rate seen in 2010/11. Higher demand for ready-to-eat delivered food means that the marker is growing ten times faster than dine-out. Due to this, the UK restaurant sector is facing major disruption according…

New research by Moore Stephens suggests that signs of a downturn in the UK housing market is causing distress in the sectors that rely on “a buoyant housing market”. The report says that this could be the start the trigger that increases corporate insolvencies. Lee Causer, Partner at Moore Stephens, said “It seems the impact…

After ten years of growth (2008-2018), it has been suggested that we may have reached the peak in the global construction growth cycle: 2018 will be the turning point according to Euler Hermes’ unique proprietary data on millions of companies across 70 countries.  Growth in this industry should gradually cool down to +3.0% in 2019,…

New data released by Creditsafe, examining the rate of company failures across 12 UK business sectors, reveals 0.33% of companies in the Hospitality sector failed in Q3 2018. Across the Hospitality industry – inclusive of hotels, restaurants and bars – there were 591 company failures, compared to 330 in the same time period in 2017.…

The UK’s smallest businesses are facing a bill of £6.7 billion, up from £2.6 billion in 2017 – just to collect money they’re already owed, according to research by Bacs Payment Schemes (Bacs), part of leading UK retail payments authority Pay.UK. This latest research, from the people behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, shows…

One Select, an energy supplier with about 36,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade. Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of One Select’s customers will continue as normal. The outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected. Ofgem will choose a new supplier to take on One Select’s customers as quickly as possible.…