A new economic research report from Atradius forecasts that global insolvencies are set to grow for the first time in 10 years. The Insolvency Forecast reports an expected rise in insolvencies of 7% in the UK in 2019, the highest increase of all advanced markets. The insolvency outlook has deteriorated following a sharp loss of…

Just over half (55%) of SMEs have had to turn away growth opportunities because of a bad financial situation, according to new research released today by Nucleus Commercial Finance. The data also indicates that 29% of UK SMEs currently want to grow, but aren’t able to, a clear picture is emerging of businesses being held…

The number of business insolvencies across the UK has risen by a fifth over the past three years, according to the latest figures from the Insolvency Service. 17,439 businesses entered into insolvency procedures last year — up approximately 100 from 2017 and an increase of 2,851 insolvencies from the figure in 2015. The number of…

Dun & Bradstreet has been confirmed as a designated Credit Reference Agency (CRA) by HM Treasury and is one of four CRAs able to receive credit data from the designated banks. The commercial credit data sharing scheme was launched as part of the UK Government’s commitment to support SME growth and requires nine leading banks…

The inaugural Commercial Credit & Collections conference has confirmed its agenda for its forthcoming event at the Leadenhall Building on Friday 5th April. CVR Global and Aon’s Commercial Credit & Collections conference agenda includes speakers from Chartered Institute of Credit Managers (CICM) and Eversheds Sutherland. With Brexit on the horizon, the event will open with…

Outsourcing specialist Interserve has entered into administration after the company’s shareholders voted against a rescue plan Shareholders voted 59.38% against the plan, which would have seen their stake reduced to just 5%, with lenders being handed the largest share of the business. Last month it outlined a plan to reduce its net debt to £275m…

Large companies will have to report on their payment practices every year in the first step of a crackdown to end small businesses being paid late, the Chancellor has announced as part of the Government’s spring statement. Philip Hammond said the Government will require companies to review their payment practices through their audit committees, with…

The UK’s thriving creative industries are being undermined by late payments. Findings from business finance company MarketInvoice reveal that 48% of businesses in the creative industries were paid late in 2018. Businesses that make up the creative industry are typically smaller companies (usually agencies and consultancies) that provide services to a range of sectors from…

A report by Moore Stephens has revealed that there has been a 10% rise in the number of businesses liquidated in just 12 months. From 13,010 cases in 2017 to 14,270 in 2018, there is a clear pressure being placed on businesses the face of rising interest rates and Brexit disruption. The report says that…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that asset finance new business (primarily leasing and hire purchase) grew by 9% in January, compared with the same month last year. The plant and machinery finance and IT equipment finance sectors reported new business growth in January of 26% and 45% respectively, compared…