A newt MarketInvoice business Insights report has explored the attitudes of UK SME owners on managing cash flow. In its new survey, it found that over half (52%) of business owners said they relied on making ad-hoc paper notes, using spreadsheets or relying on text messages from their bank to understand their cashflow position. Meanwhile,…

Heightened restructuring activity has seen the half-year net reduction in stores on Britain’s high streets hit record levels according to research by the Local Data Company (LDC) and PwC. The first half of 2019 saw almost twice as many store closures (16 per day) as openings (9 per day). In total, 1,634 stores opened and…

HMRC has announced a one-year delay to the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) reverse charge until 1 October 2020 after “industry representative raised concerns” about the move. In June, the government published guidance about the so-called reverse charge on the way VAT is collected in the building and construction industry. The changes were…

Almost a third of SMEs (31%) have experienced late payments costing their business at least £10,000 in the last 12 months, according to research by Hitachi Capital. The report says the impact of late payments on the long-term health of the UK economy is estimated to have cost UK SMEs at least £51.5 billion in…

The Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management Philip King has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s call for evidence in tackling late payment but warned against actions that may ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater.’ King says that while the possibility of increased powers for the Small Business Commissioner (SBC)…

Overall business confidence fell in August, for the first time in three months, by 12 points to 1%, according to the latest findings from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking Business Barometer. Overall business confidence is calculated by averaging the views of 1,200 companies on their business prospects and optimism about the UK economy. This month’s business…

The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) new rules for the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) have now come into effect. The new rules mean that companies could be blocked from bidding for government contracts worth over £5m if they fail to pay 95% of their invoices within 60 days. Reacting to the start of the…

New research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has revealed that a third of UK businesses who were paid late in the last year did not chase outstanding payments. Fear of damaging valuable customer relationships was the biggest rationale by some margin, cited by two thirds, 62 per cent, of businesses. This was followed by capacity…

Corporate insolvencies are on the rise globally due to the more challenging economic environment and high policy uncertainty according to a new report by Atradius. The report says business failures in developed markets are forecast to increase 2.8% in 2019 – the first annual increase in a decade – followed by another 1.2% increase in 2020.…

Bupa Insurance Services poor payment practices have been exposed in a new report by The Office of the Small Business Commissioner. The reports names Bupa for failing to pay adequate compensation to a small business in a case of late payment of invoices, following an investigation into a complaint. The small business commissioner found that…

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