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…

Businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. The joint initiative between the government and Companies House will mean businesses can prioritise managing the impact of Coronavirus. There are approximately 4.3 million businesses on the Companies…

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is calling for emergency insolvency measures to prevent widespread company collapses. Under current laws, the board of directors has a strict duty to cease trading if the company is facing insolvency, and may face personal financial or legal liabilities at a later date if they seek finance instead of doing…

A new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has been opened to smaller businesses. The scheme can provide facilities of up to £5 million for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. Although the Budget announced that an initial £1.2 billion of government-backed lending…

The spending limit for contactless card payments will be increased from £30 to £45, with a national roll-out beginning from 1st April 2020, UK Finance has announced. The decision to raise the limit was taken following consultation between the retail sector and the finance and payments industry and follows similar increases in several other European…

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%. Interest rates are now at the lowest…

The estimated total bill to taxpayers for responding to the collapse of Thomas Cook is at least £156 million, with some costs not yet known, a new National Audit Office (NAO) report has found. Thomas Cook collapsed on 23rd September 2019 and all flight and holiday bookings were cancelled, leaving an estimated 150,000 customers potentially…

Laura Ashley has filed for administration after failing to secure £15 million of emergency cash to stay afloat. The move puts around 2,700 jobs at risk.The company said that owner MUI Asia was not willing to provide the extra cash, and could not secure a loan from elsewhere. In a statement the company said “The…

Coronavirus poses an existential bankruptcy threat to the hospitality industry according to trade body UK Hospitality. The trade body has warned that thousands of businesses in the UK’s hospitality sector could face bankruptcy following Government advice that people should avoid visiting pubs, restaurants and bars. UK Hospitality. says that during the first in a series…

The ban on football fixtures, due to Covid-19, could cause an insolvency crisis which will hit Football League clubs hard, warn experts at Begbies Traynor. Paul Stanley, regional managing partner for Begbies Traynor in Manchester, said “Cashflow through the turnstiles is what keeps football clubs afloat. It’s the pies, pints and programmes sold at the…

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