After a challenging 12-months, small businesses resilience has not wavered as we start a New Year. Nationally, 83% of small firms say they have a fresh set of goals in place to secure the growth for the year ahead, according to new Business Barometer research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance. At a time when the…

Retailers suffered their worst annual sales performance on record in 2020 according to new British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures. The figures for 2020 overall indicated that total sales declined 0.3% compared with 2019. Food growth was 5.4% and the Non-Food decline was 5.0% for the year. In-Store sales of Non-Food items declined by 24%, compared…

With the UK now officially separated from the European Union, new research from Nucleus Commercial Finance has found that the UK’s SMEs are worried about their future and the negative impact Brexit will bring to the economy. The research found that three in ten (30%) small to medium-sized businesses think Brexit will have a negative…

Finance leaders expect a return to growth in 2021 with optimism rising to a record high, according to Deloitte’s latest CFO survey. Despite the surge in business optimism, half of CFOs do not expect demand for their own businesses to recover to pre-pandemic levels until the last quarter of 2021 or later. The Deloitte CFO…

A new report by the Credit Services Association (CSA) says that taxpayers could be saved huge sums if debt collectors are allowed to take on a bigger role in collecting unpaid coronavirus loans. The trade body is calling for an investment in BBL Engagement Scheme and use of  professional collections agencies to ensure fair and…

The government has announced that there will be a new national lockdown. The new restrictions which aim to curb the spread of Covid-19 have come into force in England and Scotland as national lockdowns similar to those introduced last March begin. As a result of the lockdown, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will receive…

In December the following administration notices have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 100 CLERKENWELL ROAD LTD 254 KILBURN HR LLP AFAN VALLEY LTD ATLANTIC BAY HOTEL (WOOLACOMBE) LTD AG SAFEBOOTHS UK LTD ALLANDER PRINT LTD ALPINE ELEMENTS LTD ALVIS HOUSE LTD ANIMA VINCI LTD ARCADIA GROUP LTD ARCHANT…

In December, Winding Up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES HR 2 LTD ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES HR 3 LTD ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES HR 4 LTD ADVANCED OPTICAL LTD AG SAFEBOOTHS UK LTD AMS & SONS GROUND ENGINEERING LTD ANVILLE LTD ATLANTIC DWELLINGS HR LTD AXE CORPORATE…