More than three in four small business owners (77%) are prioritising new initiatives for 2020 to make their business stronger according to latest figures from Hitachi Capital Business Finance. With 2019 being characterised by market uncertainty and static growth forecasts it appears that small business leaders are starting the new year with a different set of…

Business sentiment has surged to an all-time high, according to Deloitte’s latest CFO survey. The Q4 2019 survey, which took place immediately after the December UK general election, showed the largest increase in confidence in its 11-year history. The Deloitte CFO Survey gauges sentiment amongst the UK’s largest businesses. 119 CFOs participated in the latest…

One in five UK businesses are financially stressed, with more than 1,000 companies in situations of acute distress, according to new research from KPMG. KPMG’s Restructuring practice analysed the filings of all UK businesses with revenues in excess of £10m over a five year period to the end of 2018 – a population which grew…

The number of UK retailers entering administration in 2019 was 124 compared to 125 in 2018, a marginal decrease of 1%, according to Deloitte’s latest insolvency figures. This came despite December seeing a significant year-on-year increase in retail administrations with 11 taking place in December 2019, compared to seven in 2018 – a 57% surge.…

New research published by digital business banking platform,  Tide has revealed that SMEs across the country are chasing more than £50 billion worth of late payments. Tide surveyed 1,000 CEOs, founders directors and senior management staff at SMEs in December to analyse their use of time during their working day. The study found that the…

In December, the following administration notices have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 151617 LTD ACEGOLD LTD ACORN SCAFFOLDING (YORKSHIRE) LTD ACTIVE SECURITIES LTD ADDITION MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES U.K. LTD AG RETAIL CARDS LTD AKAAL CONSTRUCTION LTD ALEXANDER WADDINGTON LTD ALPINE WINDOW AND DOOR SYSTEMS LTD AMG ELECTRONICS LTD AQUAFLAME…

In December, Winding Up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 1ST PLATINUM INVESTMENTS LTD 78 MCT LTD ABFIT LTD ABR RESCUE LTD ABSOLUTE CONTRACT CLEANERS LTD ACE BUILDINGS AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES LTD ACORN EAST ANGLIA LTD ACTWELL INC LTD ADEPT FULFILMENT LTD ADVANCED CONSTRUCTION AND MASONRY…

New figures from the British Retail Consortium have shown that 2019 was the worst year on record for UK retailers with total sales for 2019 decreasing by 0.1%, compared with 1.2% growth in 2018. This is the worst year on record. The December figures are positively distorted by the late timing of Black Friday, which…

Data from loan firm Iwoca has shown that 1,200 small business owners applied to Iwoca for finance between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. The data from the 2019 Christmas week shows that many SME owners were focused on big decisions about their businesses. More than 1,200 applications were made to Iwoca between Christmas Eve…

Insolvencies in the UK steel sector are forecast to rise by 5% in 2020, according to a report from trade credit insurer Atradius. The Atradius annual Market Monitor on the steel sector highlights ongoing challenges for the UK steel industry, which are driving a deterioration in profit margins. Energy costs for British steel producers –…

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