Business Insolvency — Why It Happens and How to Spot the Signs

Insolvency — it’s a prospect every business owner has nightmares about, even if everything seems fine at the moment. But what leads to a business becoming insolvent, and how can you, as owner, see the signs that you’re at risk? Why Does a Company Become Insolvent? Insolvency can be the result of a company no longer being able to pay its way. It may be unable to meet its debts or have more liabilities than assets, but
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How Do You Get Information about Your Debtor’s Assets?

So you’ve got your court order that says you’re entitled to the money your debtor owes you. Now what? It’s one thing to be entitled to it, but that’s not much good if they claim not to have the funds available to pay you. Or do they really? Getting the Information You Need Fortunately, you don’t have to take your debtor’s word that they can’t afford to pay you. If you have a judgement about the debt, you’re entitled
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Are You Keeping Track of Your Cashflow?

It’s simple enough — if your business doesn’t have enough money coming in, it isn’t viable. And that’s cash in your bank account, not invoices you’re trusting will be paid promptly, or work you haven’t done yet. It’s staggering, though, how many business owners have no idea of their cashflow. Whether you manage your own finances or employ someone to do it for you, if it’s your business, you need to know all about you
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When Is a Penalty not a Penalty? — Are You Offside when Claiming Interest?

When you’re signing a commercial contract with a partner, you may find it includes a penalty clause. Or possibly you’ve included one in a contract you’ve drawn up. This is, in essence, a clause which states that a specific sum is payable in the event of a specific failure, such as late delivery of materials or services, or late payment of an invoice. Liquidated and Unliquidated Damages Penalty clauses have a contenti
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What Do You Need in an Application for Credit?

If you’re applying for credit, it’s important to make it easy for the person looking at your application. They’re only human, and if you catch them on a hard day with an application that’s difficult to follow, they may simply decide to reject it, rather than try to make sense of what you’ve sent. All About Your Business Whether your business is a company or a sole trader, remember to giv
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Small Print — Why Is It So Prevalent?

In March this year, following Which? study of car and travel insurance, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills announced its intention to simplify small-print terms and conditions. Which? had found that, in some cases, T&Cs were longer than two Shakespeare plays put together, making it almost impossible for consumers to understand what they’re signing up for. According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
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Financing your business: What are the alternatives?

A guide to alternative business finance Setting up a business and funding it while it takes its first, unsteady steps in the world can be an expensive proposition. As it grows and becomes more resilient, a successful company will begin to be able to stand tall on its own 2 feet, but the initial infancy can be resource intensive. Traditionally, a business in need of finance walked into a bank and asked for it. Today,
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Why B2B deals need the right terms and conditions

Contract law is the basis of all business activity, whether you trade in goods or services. The law applies to your purchases from a small shopkeeper or the multi-billion deals made between multi-national companies. Legislation can fill in the gaps in contracts with statutory implied terms, such as the Sale of Goods Act, or offer protection to the vulnerable, for example through the Consumer Credit Act governing the
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Business Deals must be clear if each Party is to profit

All businesses are at risk from bad debts and the patchy recovery from recession means many companies have been struggling to survive. Should your customers become casualties of economic turmoil, their problems threaten to become your own. It need not be that the business has failed. Declining product quality, delays or missed deliveries can all disrupt your business. That’s when you need to have sound contractual ar
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