Latest quarterly figures from the Insolvency Service have indicated that business insolvency numbers across England & Wales were 31% higher than in Q1 2021 and 4% higher than in Q2 2020. There were 3,116 seasonally adjusted corporate insolvencies in Q2 2021, an increase of 31.4% compared to Q1 2021’s figures of 2,371 and a rise…

One in seven shops is lying empty, with the number rising over the last three months even as the economy reopened, new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Local Data Company. show. In the second quarter of 2021, the overall GB vacancy rate increased to 14.5%, from 14.1% in Q1. It was 2.1…

The latest Red Flag Alert research for Q2 2021 has recorded 650,000 businesses in ‘significant financial distress’ – the second-highest distress level ever recorded by this research. However, this number has fallen 10% since the highest recorded number of significantly distressed businesses in Q1 2021 (723,000) by the Red Flag Alert, as the economy has…

County Court Judgments (CCJs) registered against businesses England and Wales fell by 24 percent in the second half of 2021 (H1 2021), compared to the same period in 2020, according to figures released by Registry Trust. The number of CCJs against businesses fell from 46,117 in H1 2020 to 35,228 in H1 2021. The total…

More than one in four businesses that deferred tax payments during the initial lockdown last year still owe the HMRC. A total of 156,500 out of 590,000 businesses that utilised the Government’s VAT deferral between March and June have failed to make contact with HMRC to pay what they owe, even though the deadline to…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) quarterly Small Business Index (SBI) has highlighted that debt, rising costs, skills shortages and international trade disruption are all causes for concern amongst SME firms. Whilst half of small business owners (50%) predict that their business performance will improve in the next three months, one in three (32%) expect…

Latest figures from the Insolvency Service have indicated a 19% increase in business insolvencies in England and Wales when compared to May’s figure of 1,014, and rose 62.9% compared to June 2020’s figure of 741. The number of registered company insolvencies in June 2021 was 1,207 this was 63% higher than the number registered in…

Latest figures released by Accountant in Bankruptcy (AIB) have indicated that Scottish business insolvencies rose by 67% in June 2021. The figures show that there were 77 company insolvencies registered in Scotland, this was 67% higher than in June 2020 and 13% higher than in June 2019. This was comprised of 14 compulsory liquidations, 62…

The Bank of England’s latest Financial Stability Report, released this week, points to the particular vulnerability of the SME sector as the economy emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. The twice-yearly reports, compiled by the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee, has warned about increased corporate indebtedness, in particular amongst smaller firms with weaker balance sheets. As the economy…

Around 10% of Scottish construction companies and sub-contractors could close by the end of 2022 following the expiration of Covid-19 supports, a construction sector restructuring specialist at Azets has warned. With The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 introducing a number of temporary measures which are due to end on 30th  September 2021, to provide protection for…

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