Across nine UK regions, more than one in five small business owners (22%) are looking to expand into new markets overseas in order to achieve business growth. The latest findings from the quarterly Business Barometer research by Hitachi Capital Business Finance comes at a time when the country is gearing up for the Brexit deadline. Set against…

Corporate insolvencies are on the rise globally due to the more challenging economic environment and high policy uncertainty according to a new report by Atradius. The report says business failures in developed markets are forecast to increase 2.8% in 2019 – the first annual increase in a decade – followed by another 1.2% increase in 2020.…

Dun & Bradstreet’s latest UK Industry report has revealed that retailers continued to face a challenging business environment throughout the first half of the year. Between falling year-on-year sales, as reported by both the BRC and ONS, and a growing number of vacant stores, retailers are feeling the brunt of consumer uncertainty, particularly surrounding the…

UK businesses trade all year round yet more than a quarter (27.4% or £548b) of their revenue is driven by seasonal peaks according to the latest research by MarketInvoice Business Insights, the survey explores their preparedness and challenges in dealing with seasonal demand. Seasonal demand refers to peaks in business activity that correspond to various factors…

In 2018, Global Working Capital Requirement (WCR) hit its worst level since 2012 (+1 day, 70 days). The evolution of WCR indicates which businesses have improved, or in this case, deteriorated, their capacity to maintain operating cash flow and internal funding for investment according to a new study by Euler Hermes. The report focuses on Working…

The number and total value of judgments registered against businesses in Ireland in the first six months of 2019 were the lowest on record for a first half-year, with 250 judgments registered according to the latest figures released by Registry Trust. The judgements were 10 percent fewer than in the first half of 2018. It…

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…

A new European Payment Report 2019, from European credit management services company Intrum, has indicated that an increase in bad debt losses following on from several years of decline means marking that the turning point from a recession may have already passed. Almost one-fifth of those surveyed (18 per cent) believe their country is already…

Access to financing for European small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been steadily improving as a result of the very accommodative monetary policy of the European Central Bank (ECB), which has improved credit availability and reduced interest rates. This improving access to finance has, however, made European SMEs heavily reliant on banks as an external…

Credit Insurance specialist Euler Hermes has issued its annual review and forecast of global average Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), based on a sample of 25,000 listed companies across 20 sectors and 36 countries. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) is a measure of how long it takes companies to collect cash from customers. Euler Hermes’ study shows…