Lending to small businesses hits all-time low, with six in ten impacted by late payment   

New findings from quarterly Small Business Index (SBI) has warned that banks ‘are pulling up the drawbridge’ to small firms will further stifle economic growth as its new SBI study shows successful finance applications plunging over the first quarter of this year. Fewer than one in ten (9%) small firms applied for finance in Q1…

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Value of business loans written off by banks almost doubles

The value of UK business loans written off by banks nearly doubled in the last quarter of 2021, rising 87% from £190 million in the third quarter to £356 million in the fourth quarter according to research by debt advisory specialists ACP Altenburg Advisory. Altenburg explains that write-offs of loans have been subdued throughout the…

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2.1m SMEs ‘just about breaking even’

New research by Bibby Financial Services has found that 2.1million SMEs are ‘just about breaking even’ and face myriad of challenges that threaten to impact the UK’s economic recovery. The report says that SMEs are ambitious for the opportunity to regain lost ground post-pandemic, but risk being held back by a myriad of mounting pressures…

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Significant rise in Business CCJs

New figures from the Registry Trust have revealed a significant rise in business County Court Judgments (CCJs)in UK & Ireland, for Quarter 1 (Q1).  The figures revealed that there were 230,239 new monetary judgements processed overall in Q1 2022, which is a 10% decrease compared to the Q1 2021 total of 256,404. However, there was…

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Small firms call for late payment reforms

Responding to this year’s Queen’s Speech the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the need for late payment reform. Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chair Martin McTague said “A worsening late payment crisis is currently threatening the futures of more than 400,000 small firms. The Audit Reform Bill creates space to take forward…

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FSB publishes peer review on out-of-court corporate debt workouts

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a Thematic Review on Out-of-Court Corporate Debt Workouts. The objective of the peer review is to support Covid-19 response and recovery efforts by examining FSB member jurisdictions’ practices, experiences and lessons from out-of-court workouts as a less costly and more flexible alternative to full, formal insolvency proceedings. The…

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UK and Ireland among top five worst in Europe for payment delays

New data from Sidetrade has found that the UK and Ireland are among the top five worst in Europe for payment delays. The company statistics are based on the payment behaviour of 20.7 million buying companies worldwide. The data reveals the best and worst markets and industries for late payments over the last three years…

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19% rise in companies in critical financial distress

Begbies Traynor has reported a 19% rise in businesses in critical financial distress compared to the start of 2021. The research found that 1,891 firms were now in critical financial distress, in the first quarter of 2022, which is almost a fifth higher than the same period last year. The company says that the 19%…

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Analysis of 8 million invoices reveals causes for payment delays in the construction sector

New analysis of over 8 million invoices sent to the top 100 construction firms in the UK reveals that 10 percent are routinely being rejected, resulting in serious payment delays which are hindering the financial recovery of construction product and service suppliers across the sector. The research by Causeway Technologies looked at a sample of 8,052,300 invoices…

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Non-payments and insolvencies expected to rise in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sector

Global demand for pharmaceuticals remains strong, but the UK will need to reassess impending risks, according to leading credit insurer, Atradius. Throughout 2020, the UK’s pharmaceutical industry surged its value-added output by 13.6% – leading to a 13% boost above the 2019 pre-pandemic level. And although year-on-year growth in this sector levelled off in 2021,…

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CFOs expect significant rise in operating cost rises

Faced with a more uncertain economic climate, 98% of Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) anticipate operating costs to rise in the year ahead, according to a survey by Deloitte with almost half of CFOs (46%) expecting these rises to be significant. Deloitte says that in light of cost increases, there has also been a sharp deterioration…

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Developing countries facing triple crisis

An economic research report by Atradius has found that many developing countries are facing a triple crisis in 2022 with the impact of the pandemic is being felt across the globe, particularly in small island economies which have historically been heavily reliant on tourism. Existing debt vulnerabilities were only aggravated by the pandemic. With global…

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Late payments applying pressure to small firms

Small businesses are under increasing pressure, with delays in payments and staff shortages on the rise, according to research by accountancy software firm Xero. The data reveals that late payment times continue to surge. In February, small businesses had to wait an average of 30.5 days to be paid by their customers from when an…

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