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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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Are IVAs Being Mis-sold? The Insolvency Service Investigates

An IVA (individual voluntary agreement) can be an invaluable resource for any individual person facing mounting debt. It offers the chance to protect yourself against action by creditors, and to structure repayments in an affordable way. However, like any financial product, there’s the potential for abuse. The Insolvency Service has announced that it’s investigating whether IVAs are being mis-sold. What i
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Late Payments — What Difference Will the Autumn Statement Make?

Small businesses doing business with giant corporations have traditionally had no choice but to put up with accepting the customer’s payment terms — sometimes having to wait months before getting their money. This can leave their cashflow in a dangerous condition, even threatening their ability to continue trading. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, on 22nd November, addressed this issue. The measures he
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Pay Attention to a Company’s Cash Flow Before Making a Decision

There are various reasons why you might need to examine another company’s books. You should certainly do so if you’re considering investing in the business, but you may also want to get a better idea of their finances before offering credit. But what should you be looking for? Turnover? Profit? Or is it better to look at cash flow? Why Is Cash Flow Important? Profit and turnover each give only a very partial picture
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Good News and Bad News for International Business

During the pandemic, SMEs worldwide assumed this was as bad as it got, and by this time things would have improved. In fact, 2023 seems to be even worse than the height of lockdown — in fact, the worst the economy has been since 2008. Strangely, though, this doesn’t appear to be causing gloom among business owners. A recent survey suggested that the vast majority of SMEs in the international business community are op
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Administrations at Their Highest Since Before the Pandemic

During the Covid pandemic, surprisingly few companies went into administration. This was because a raft of government support measures, such as furlough and bounce-back loans, allowed struggling companies to survive. But this is over, now, and it’s showing, with new issues adding to the effect. The number of companies entering administration in March 2023 was the highest for three years. The Covid Effect on Administr
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A Crisis in Late Payments to SMEs

Are you being held back by cash flow problems caused by late payment of invoices? You’re not alone. A recent report by Time Finance found that SMEs are owed an average of about a quarter of a million pounds in outstanding invoices. At the same time, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reported that 52% of small businesses have experienced late payments. Are you among these? And, if so, what can you do about
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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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Restructuring Plans — The Way Forward for Insolvency?

While more traditional insolvency procedures — e.g. Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA), “pre-pack” Administrations and Schemes of Arrangements — are sometimes the best way forward, they can have disadvantages. Winding a company up isn’t always in the best interests of the creditors, any more than the debtor, but there has often been little choice. However, in 2020 a new approach was introduced — Restructuring Plans
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Insolvency Service Raising Petition Deposits

If you’re applying to the Insolvency Service for either a Creditors’ bankruptcy or a Company liquidation against someone who owes you money, a deposit is charged. This may or may not be returned, depending on the assets available. The charge for deposits has been stable since 2016, but next month it will be rising substantially. So what does this mean, if you’re considering applying? What Are Petition Deposits? If al
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