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Directors of Companies Facing Insolvency — The Four Deadly Sins

None of us like to think of our companies facing insolvency, but unfortunately that can be the reality of business, especially at the moment. Record numbers of business insolvencies are being recorded, so it’s vital for Directors to be clear what they should and shouldn’t do — preferably before they’re faced with the choices. What Is Insolvency? Section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 sets out variou
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Small Businesses Are Confident About 2024

The Federation of Small Businesses reported that, for the 4th quarter of 2023, 40% of small businesses reported a fall in revenue, and confidence had also plummeted. Which makes it more surprising that, according to research by three separate organisations, optimism is high among small businesses for 2024. Expectations for Growth in Turnover In a recent poll by lender Iwoca, 47% of small businesses were expecting an
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How High Will Monthly Mortgage Repayments Rise?

With the recent steep rises in the Bank of England’s interest rates, it was inevitable that mortgage repayments were going to rise. However, a recent survey suggests that the position is worse than most people expected. It’s now expected that monthly repayments will rise by an average of £617. The Research Results According to research by The Mortgage Lender (TML), 80% of homeowners are concerned about rising rates,
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Do You Need to Pay HMRC First if You’re Insolvent?

If a company enters into any form of insolvency, whether it’s a company voluntary arrangement, a pre-pack administration or a restructuring plan, it’s likely that one of the major creditors will be HMRC. It’s often believed that any taxes owed have to be paid first, before any other debts have to be considered. However, the situation is far from simple. Some recent cases have supported HMRC’s claims, while others hav
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Are Supply-Chain Delays Killing Your Business?

Business owners generally focus most on the sales that bring in the income, rather than on their suppliers. That’s understandable, but it can also be short sighted. Recent research by retail bank Aldermore has found that well over half of SMEs have suffered supply-chain problems in the past year — and this has cost a total of £1.9 billion. Why Are There Supply Chain Delays? Disruptions to supply chains have been goin
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Are We Producing a Financially Illiterate Generation?

While the current economic problems in the UK can’t really be laid at the feet of consumers, there’s no doubt that widespread poor financial management isn’t helping matters. This ranges from naivety in investment to a general “have it now, pay tomorrow” culture that’s fuelling debt. A recent survey suggests that this isn’t set to improve. The study, by Compare the Market and MyBnk, found that only 41% of young adult
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Record Numbers of IVAs — What Does This Mean for Creditors?

The Insolvency Service has released figures which show that nearly 88,000 Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) were registered in England and Wales in the course of 2022. This represents the highest figure since 1990, when records began. So what are IVAs, why have they increased so much, and what might it mean for you as a creditor? What Is an IVA? Introduced in 1986, an IVA is a formal alternative to bankruptcy
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Are Your Properties Mould-Free?

If you rent out residential properties, you must be aware of the tragic case of Awaab Ishak, the Rotherham toddler who died in 2020 from exposure to mould in a rented home. In this case, the property was owned by a housing association, but if you let your property privately, you could be personally responsible for such an incident. So, what do you need to know about mould and how to prevent it? What Are the Dangers f
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Debt Help Enquiries Soar Due to Cost-of-Living Crisis

The cost of living crisis is hitting people in a wide variety of ways, and recent research has illustrated another. In the twelve months since January 2022, the number of people seeking help with their debts has increased more than threefold — and most cite rising prices as the main reason. The Rise in Debt Enquiries A survey was carried out by debt advisor MoneyPlus Advice, after they saw initial enquiries rise by 3
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The Recession’s Nowhere Near Over — How Will That Affect You?

During 2022, a combination of soaring prices (especially energy prices) and income lagging behind pushed the economy into recession. The bad news is that, according to forecasts by KPMG, the recession is likely to last for the rest of 2023, with output falling by 1.9%. So why are things so bad, and what’s it likely to mean for you and your business? What’s Causing the Recession? The main driving force of the recessio
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