Anti-money laundering (AML) specialist SmartSearch have become the only online verification platform to offer business credit checks. SmartSearch is already the only organization in the UK with the ability to verify individuals and companies in the UK and internationally all in a single platform via a browser or API, with full Sanction, PEP and adverse…

The number of business failures in 2018 in the Scottish construction sector was the highest annual figure since 2014 and this year looks on target for a similar number according to new analysis of the sector by leading accountants and business advisers French Duncan LLP. In 2018 202 businesses in the construction sector went through…

A new report from Dun & Bradstreet reveals businesses are missing revenue opportunities and losing customers due to bad data practices. Almost 20 percent of businesses have lost a customer due to using incomplete or inaccurate information about them, with a further 15 percent saying they failed to sign a new contract with a customer…

There are likely to be many more Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) for retailers following the recent agreement for the Arcadia group as the sector’s problems continue according to a leading insolvency practitioner. Eileen Blackburn, head of Restructuring and Debt Advisory at French Duncan LLP, said that the issues which led to the Arcadia CVA persist…

Company boards will now be held accountable for payment practices to small businesses within their companies in a drive to increase transparency and accountability on late payments. Measures will force Audit Committees to report payment practices in company annual reports. The government will consult on strengthening the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to hold…

Half of Irish firms polled (50%) do not negotiate payment terms – the highest among all European countries polled, where the average is 21% whilst companies around Europe predict increased bad debt losses, later B2B payments and higher debt risks are ahead. The findings are part of a  European Payment Report from pan-European credit management…

In May, the following administration notices have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: ABERDEEN BERRY STREET CENTRE LTD AIM CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT LTD ALFA PRECISION AND GENERAL ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD ALTURA 10 SCAFFOLDING LTD AM 2 PM RETAIL SERVICES LTD APPPAY UMBRELLA LTD AQUA ITALIA LTD ARBORETUM DEVON (RLH)…

Winding up Petitions (Companies) have been issued and advertised in the London Gazette for the following companies: 15 GREENWOOD PARK LTD 1ST CHOICE CAKES LTD 1ST LINE FINANCIAL LTD 30 HARLEY HOUSE LTD A A HOMES & HOUSING LTD A TO Z SCENERY LTD A.G. AXTON & SONS (WHOLESALE) LTD AA BUILDING SOLUTIONS LTD ABBOTSGATE…

Persistent low confidence holds back SME borrowing with CYBG’s SME Health Check Index falling by 6.6 points to 48.5 in the first quarter of 2019. this is the lowest level for a year. Despite the gloomy top-line figure, and persistent low confidence amongst the country’s SMEs, there are grounds for cautious optimism with GDP and…

Almost half (44%) of UK businesses avoid or delay paying bills due to issues within their cashflow. Other commonly cited reasons for non-payment of invoices include receiving an incorrect invoice (21%) and corporate bureaucracy (20%). These were some of the findings of the FinTech Barometer 2019, an annual survey conducted among 1,000 finance professionals by…