The Government has announced a new extension to breathing space measures which will be used to protect businesses from insolvency during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A raft of changes to protect businesses from insolvency were introduced in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act and were due to expire on 30th  September 2020. The new temporary…

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. Delivering a speech in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures that will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead as we continue to tackle the spread of…

Over £100 billion in support from banks and the government has been received by UK firms through coronavirus stimulus initiatives, with lenders distributing more than £58 billion and companies claiming £39.3 billion under the furlough schem. Figures from HM Treasury published today reveal that UK lenders have supported over 1.33 million businesses across the country…

The Government has announced that Companies House will be reformed to clamp down on fraud and money laundering, with directors unable to be appointed until their identity has been verified. The changes aim to increase the reliability of the data showing who is behind each company so that businesses have greater assurance when they are…

Despite the end of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and rules on social distancing still in place, diners are spending more in restaurants than they were this time last year, customer card spending data from Lloyds Bank has shown The first seven days of September saw restaurant spend up 14% on the same…

UK firms have racked up around £70 billion worth of unsustainable debt, according to a new report from The City UK, with more than £20 billion of that coming from government-backed coronavirus loan schemes. TheCityUK’s Recapitalisation Group (RCG), supported by EY, has published updated projections for levels of unsustainable debt faced by SMEs.  The report…

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that it has extended support to prevent business evictions until the end of 2020. The new measures mean that businesses will be protected from the threat of eviction until the end of year, providing commercial tenants with greater security and protecting vital jobs, The…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest business insolvency statistics for England & Wales which have revealed that the overall numbers of business insolvencies numbers continue to fall. Corporate insolvencies fell to 778 in August 2020 compared to the previous month’s figure of 961 and are significantly lower than they were in August 2019 (1,369).…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest figures which indicate that in August 2020 Scottish company insolvencies decreased by 43%. There were 44 company insolvencies in Scotland, a reduction of 43% in comparison to August 2019. This comprised of 19 compulsory liquidations, 21 CVLs, three administrations and one CVA. There were no receivership appointments. Historically…

A study by Onward has found that around 20% of British businesses are only making enough profit to cover their debt interest payments. High levels of corporate debt built up by companies during the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 4.3% of firms into technical insolvency, the report estimates. In the new research paper titled ‘Paying it…

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