The time it takes to pay suppliers across the UK has improved by 14 percent, with payments taking on average 42 days in 2018 compared to 49 days in 2016. The data compiled by Tungsten Network, shows that the time from invoice submission on its network to payment has steadily improved since 2016, coinciding with…

The Insolvency Service has published the latest business insolvency statistics for Q3 (July to September 2018) for England and Wales. The statistics show that total business insolvencies increased by 9% in Q3, and rose by 19% compared to Q3 2017.  This was driven by a rise in underlying creditors’ voluntary liquidations which increased to their…

Businesses in Britain have a higher proportion of overdue invoices compared to their counterparts across Western Europe, new research by trade credit insurer Atradius reveals. The annual Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Western Europe found almost half of all British business invoices (48.7%) were overdue. This compares to an average across the region of 41.8%,…

The Treasury Committee has published a Report on SME Finance with a recommendation to appoint a Financial Services Tribunal to help SMEs resolve disputes with lenders. The report says the Financial Services Tribunal is needed to handle complex SME disputes and expanding the Ombudsman’s remit to handle SME cases should not be rushed through. The…

Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) has released official statistics reporting corporate insolvencies Scotland for the second quarter (July to September 2018) of 2018-19. The number of corporate insolvencies in Scotland fell by 5% in Q2 2018-19 (July-September 2018) compared with Q1 2018-19 (April-June 2018), but rose by 4% compared with Q2 2017-18 (July-September 2017). Commenting on the…

Fewer large Scottish businesses are failing as more adapt to tough trading conditions, according to newly-released data by KPMG. The number of large companies collapsing in Scotland fell by almost a third (29%) in the last quarter (July-September) compared to same period in 2017 (17 down from 24). Total administrations in 2018 have fallen by…

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) has warned that the growth of new lending to already indebted firms, through leveraged-loans, has parallels to the subprime mortgage boom which ended with the global financial crisis in 2008. Minutes from the FPC’s latest meeting also reveal warnings over the rise in loans with weaker covenants…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed plans to extend access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The changes will mean that SMEs with an annual turnover below £6.5m and fewer than 50 employees, or an annual balance sheet below £5m will now be able to refer unresolved…

Sales across UK business rose by 1.5% in the last three months, the equivalent of £99.8bn, according to the latest figures from the Creditsafe Watchdog Report. This follows two consecutive quarters in the year to date of falling sales and rising company failures. The quarterly Watchdog report, which analyses financial data across 12* UK business…

Over 2,700 construction firms enter insolvency in the last year – 6% rise following Carillion liquidation according to market analysis by Moore Stephens. 2,764 construction firms entered insolvency in 2017/1, jumping 6% in just a year from 2,608 in 2016/17. The significant rise in insolvencies follows Carillion’s liquidation in January 2018, which caused knock-on effects…