Business rate debts worth more than £130,000 have been written off by Stafford Borough Council. The authority also agreed to write off one council tax debt of £3,205.56 at its cabinet meeting on Thursday, alongside the 18 business rate arrears cases totalling £130,444.24. The businesses involved have not been publicly identified, but the meeting was…

Companies are increasingly cautious over taking risks in their supply chain, with fears over their level of dependence on suppliers and sourcing from high-risk countries dominating their thinking, data in a new report shows. The Q4 2018 Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published today by Cranfield School of Management and Dun & Bradstreet, investigates the…

Small businesses across the UK are facing major cash flow pressure, leading to increased financial instability as a direct result of a late payments culture. This is according to Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximises value for clients. With recent research showing that small businesses in the UK are facing…

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…

Small businesses want the Government to use today’s Spring Statement to show that the Government is serious about tackling poor payment practices in the UK. At last year’s Spring Statement, a Call to Evidence on late payments was announced with the Chancellor pledging that the Government would eliminate the scourge of late payments. This pledge…

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…

The Government are not acting quickly enough to introduce a tougher regime to tackle larger companies who enforce long payment terms or pay their suppliers late, says Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee as she commented on the Government’s response to the BEIS Committee Small businesses and productivity report. The BEIS Committee report,…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)  is urging the Government to help arrest a continued slump in small business optimism at next week’s Spring Statement. Published today, data from FSB’s latest quarterly SBI shows confidence among smaller firms remains negative in Q1 2019 (-5.0), down from +6.0 in the same period last year. This marks…

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