A sharp increase in the number and cost of cyber attacks is the key finding in a study of more than 5,400 organisations across seven countries, commissioned by insurer Hiscox. More than three out of five firms (61%) report one or more attacks in the past year, yet the proportion achieving top scores for their…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest enforcement outcomes. The statistics show that the total number of directors disqualified for misconduct remained around the same as in 2017/18. The average period of disqualification obtained fell slightly compared to 2017/18. The number of bankruptcy and debt relief restrictions was broadly flat compared to 2017/18. The average…

The Exchequer Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has marked the launch of the new funding that will be made available to innovative businesses through funds supported by the British Business Bank.  Jenrick said ministers were determined to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. This type of funding has…

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final report with recommendations to address serious competition problems in the UK audit industry. Legislation is needed to address both the vulnerability of the industry to the loss of one of the Big 4, and the current inadequate choice and competition. The CMA is recommending the…

Global business intelligence specialist Creditsafe has announced a new partnership with risk decisioning and data science solution Provenir to provide automated investment and credit risk decisioning to businesses. The partnership will see Creditsafe incorporate Provenir’s risk decisioning and data science platform into its Connect API, allowing connection to major CRM and ERP systems. This will allow users to be able to access and analyse financial data regarding possible investment and lending opportunities in real-time. Thanks to this new partnership companies will be able to make more informed…

More than half (57%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) believe the UK economy will fall into recession this year, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from leading independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). In line with this belief, confidence[1] among SMEs has declined by 5.6 points year-on-year, with UK businesses experiencing…

TSB has announced a UK banking first, a Fraud Refund Guarantee, to ensure the Bank’s 5.2 million customers are protected if they are an innocent victim of fraud – whether it’s unauthorised transactions on their accounts or customers tricked into authorising payments to fraudsters. TSB’s announcement marks a significant step-change in banking, where today customers…

A record net 2,481 stores disappeared from Great Britain’s top 500 high streets in 2018. In total, 3,372 shops opened, compared to 5,833 closures. (2017 net loss: -1,772 stores), according to PwC research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC). The number of store openings by multiple retailers* on Great Britain’s top 500 high streets…

Debt recovery agency CCI Credit Management (CCICM) has announced that has been re-accredited with an Investors in People gold award. The award is for best practice in managing staff, performance, and its business,  assessors stated in their report that it is still seen as the ‘go-to company in debt collection’ since its first IIP recognition…

Vulnerable people who fall behind with Council Tax payments will have greater protection from aggressive debt enforcement under new plans to improve the way councils collect arrears. Following concerns from charities, debt advice bodies and local councils, ministers are moving forward with work to create a fairer, more efficient and compassionate debt recovery system. Local…

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