Dun & Bradstreet has published its country insight report into the United Kingdom, which looks at the adverse effects of the coronavirus on the country’s business environment. The report has downgraded the UK’s country risk rating by two quartiles to DB3b (a new all-time low) as the coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely impact opportunities for…

Over two-thirds of UK SMEs (69%) have reported significant pressures on their cash levels according to latest insights from business lender MarketFinance. This is in large part down to businesses paying for supplies earlier than anticipated because of coronavirus-related stockpiling and fears of deeper disruptions to transport (road, air and rail) linkages. Additionally, on orders…

Business Insolvencies can be expected to continue to rise in the UK, up 7% or higher in 2020 following Brexit’s confirmation (on Friday 31st January) according to predictions by Atradius. Atradius says, we can expect to see a rise in business failures throughout most of Europe, albeit at a more moderate rate. Insolvencies in the…

There was a 20 percent rise in the number of judgments recorded against consumers in the Republic of Ireland in Q4 2019, compared to the same period last year, figures released by registrar Irish Judgments show. Consumer judgment numbers rose from 516 in Q4 2018 to 618 Q4 2019, while the total value grew by…

New research from insolvency firm, Begbies Traynor has revealed that the number of businesses in significant1 financial distress has risen to 494,000 – the highest number recorded by this research, with the real estate and property, support services, construction and retail the sectors particularly badly affected. The latest Red Flag Alert data for Q4 2019…

UK businesses are planning a £1.7 billion investment boost over the next two years as Brexit uncertainty ends, a new survey has revealed. Plans to expand premises and employ more staff top the agenda for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the results of the study by finance specialist Together. More than a quarter…

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…

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