Business sentiment has surged to an all-time high, according to Deloitte’s latest CFO survey. The Q4 2019 survey, which took place immediately after the December UK general election, showed the largest increase in confidence in its 11-year history. The Deloitte CFO Survey gauges sentiment amongst the UK’s largest businesses. 119 CFOs participated in the latest…

Major insolvencies have rebounded as retail and construction accounted for more than a quarter of the world’s large corporate failures in Q3 2019, according to trade credit insurance provider, Euler Hermes. The insurer’s findings on global corporate insolvencies with turnover exceeding €50 million show there was an increase between July and September from 74 to…

More companies across England and Wales are opting for voluntary rather than compulsory liquidation because of rising Government costs, an insolvency expert has said. The Insolvency Service’s report, published by the Government, showed company insolvencies increased slightly in Q3 2019 compared with Q2 2019. According to the report, the increase was primarily driven by a rise…

Bank lending to small and medium sized (SME) retailers in the UK has fallen 6% from £15.6 billion to £14.7 billion since the Brexit vote in 2016, meanwhile large retailers have benefited from a sharp rise in bank lending, says accountants and business advisors, Moore. Over the same period that lending to SME retailers has…

Over half (54%) of the UK’s SMEs, equating to 3.1 million businesses, admit they had not prepared in any way for Brexit ahead of the 31 October deadline according to the latest Q3 SME Confidence Tracker from Bibby Financial Services. Fewer SMEs are investing and the amount they are investing on average has also fallen.…

Over a third (36%) of Europe’s CFOs feel more pessimistic about their companies’ financial prospects than they did three months ago, according to Deloitte European CFO Survey. This percentage has doubled since the first survey in spring 2015, when the figure stood at 18%. Fewer than one in five CFOs (18%) consider now to be…

SMEs are least likely to invest in their businesses during the remainder of 2019 according to the latest Global Business Monitor from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) and trade credit insurer, Euler Hermes. The report offers insight into the opportunities and threats faced by SMEs worldwide, based on a survey of businesses across 13 regions, with…

One third (33%) of UK businesses are concerned about the potential impact Brexit will have on their suppliers and customers, according to new research from R3, the insolvency and restructuring body. The research, a survey of 1,200 senior business financial decision-makers, carried out for R3 by BVA BDRC, found that 11% of businesses have reviewed…

Small firms are calling on the Government to secure a Brexit deal and come forward with radical policy interventions to arrest a dogged lack of confidence among business owners as new FSB research shows rising costs and uncertainty increasingly taking their toll.Its SBI confidence measure stands at -8.1 in Q3 2019, down more than six…

Irish SMEs drew down €1.4 billion in loans from Irish banks over Q2 2019, an increase of €147 million on the same period of 2018. SMEs in the property sector accounted for the largest share of new drawdowns at 36 per cent, followed by SMEs in the wholesale/retail trade and agricultural sectors; accounting for 12…

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