Latest figures from research by RSM have suggested that  81 percent of middle market businesses are vulnerable to money laundering and bribery. The findings according to the latest YouGov survey, commissioned RSM in a survey of more than 300 UK middle market business leaders, also revealed that 31 percent of firms have suffered, unwittingly or…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to provide more protection for small business owners who use personal assets as collateral for commercial loans. At present only the smallest firms can currently make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman (FOS). The FCA is proposing to widen the definition of…

Credit managers, those who keep the cash flowing in business, are untroubled by Brexit, unimpressed by new regulation, and keen to see how new technology can enhance performance in the future. They are also valued by the companies who employ them, and actively involved in the performance and success of the businesses they represent. These…

A financial controller has received a lengthy bankruptcy restrictions order following a trial for diverting funds from her employer to herself. The 13-year Bankruptcy Restriction Order made on 15 February 2018 against Chasjit Verma of Romford, Essex, followed an investigation by the Insolvency Service. Chasjit Verma was made bankrupt on 4 March 2016, having presented her…

The government has announced tough new measures to level the playing field for smaller businesses bidding to win government contracts. Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden has announced proposals to exclude suppliers from major government procurements if they cannot demonstrate fair and effective payment practices with their subcontractors. Other plans include allowing subcontractors to have greater access…

Half of businesses have faced issues with late payments in the last year, a new survey of 787 company directors reveals. The poll by the Institute of Directors shows that 3 in 10 business leaders see ‘excessively bureaucratic payments system’ as the main reason for late payment and just over a fifth said it was…

The Government is to launch a call for evidence following concerns that a minority of bailiffs are still acting aggressively when collecting money from debtors –, particularly from vulnerable people. The call for evidence, which will be launched shortly, will look to those directly involved to share their experiences to help stop this in its…

New Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposals which would give more SMEs the opportunity to refer disputes related to financial services firms to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) have been backed by experts from a debt services provider. The FCA recently launched a consultation on the issue of SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)…

Following the launch of the Water Industry Registration Scheme – Accredited Entity (WIRSAE) in January 2018, Lloyd’s Register has awarded the scheme’s first accreditation to Engage Services.The accreditation means that Engage Services, specialist field visit agency, can now carry out temporary disconnections and reconnections for water meters up to 40mm in the non-domestic water sector direct…

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