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…

New identity checks for company directors should be introduced to help reduce business fraud, says Tim Cooper, chair of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in Scotland. A Government consultation into enhancing the role played by Companies House in the UK’s anti-fraud framework, which recently closed, provides a real opportunity to significantly strengthen the UK’s…

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…

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…

Dun & Bradstreet’s latest UK Industry report has revealed that retailers continued to face a challenging business environment throughout the first half of the year. Between falling year-on-year sales, as reported by both the BRC and ONS, and a growing number of vacant stores, retailers are feeling the brunt of consumer uncertainty, particularly surrounding the…

Credit checking specialist, Creditsafe, has added fifty new members to its specialist group support team in Cardiff Bay, across IT, security, development and product. The appointments are helping to expand the companies offering in these areas to meet the ever increasing demand in specialist credit data. Amongst the appointments includes Wouter Morkel, has joined the…

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