January 14, 2016
It is commonly believed that Insolvency Practitioners can
only assist when a Company is insolvent, or there is another cause for
concern. However, Insolvency
Practitioners can be called upon for advice and assistance with the voluntary
closure of solvent businesses, and the creation of a suitable exit strategy When might an exit strategy be required? There are many reasons why a business owner may wish to
consider their options and formulate and exit strategy, for example:- A group of Companies might have a subsidiary (or several)
which are no longer performing, or which are no longer required in relation to
the group strategy; The business ...
November 10, 2015
In June 2014, Teresa Graham published her report into
pre-packaged administrations and the way in which they were conducted. The report, commonly referred to as ‘The
Graham Review’ acknowledged that the method of pre-packing a distressed
business for sale does have a place within the UK insolvency regime. However, the report made a number of recommendations and these
recommendations were widely accepted.
With the recent release of the new Statement of Insolvency Practice
(SIP) 16, and the commencement of the operation of the Pre Pack Pool, the
revised method of pre-packing is now open for business. Bev Budsworth who heads up The Business Debt Advisor
comments, “The ...
October 27, 2015
Funding Options, an online business finance
supermarket have surveyed data held at Companies House on 160,000 businesses
and found that UK SME’s unable to access traditional term loans and overdrafts,
were now using £76Bn of alternative finance. It found that alternative lending to SMEs
is now equivalent to 46pc of the value of traditional term loans and
overdrafts, which have fallen to £163bn, down 5pc from £172bn a year ago, and
17pc from £197bn four years ago. The Telegraph today reported that
Overdrafts for small firms are being withdrawn or reduced by the high street
banks at an alarming rate, it has emerged, restricting working capital for
July 22, 2015
Bev Budsworth, managing director of The Debt Advisor, is
today warning barristers not to ‘bury their heads in the sand’ and to make sure
they are fully prepared for the impending July tax bill deadline at the end of
the month. Bev commented: “The next fortnight is really the crunch time
for barristers as their second tax bill is due.” Effectively this payment is ‘on
account’ and is normally equal to half of their previous year’s tax bill. “It
will be a worrying time as many will struggle to pay this year’s tax bill and
some won’t have even paid last year’s tax bill off yet – ...
June 01, 2015
Pre-Packing refers to the
practice of arranging the sale of a business, either in whole or in part, prior
to the company entering into formal insolvency.
The proposed sale is then executed on the appointment of an
administrator and often the creditors of that company have no knowledge of the
transaction until the deal is done.
Although common practice, the process is not legislated for within current
statute but developed entirely through market practice. On 16 June 2014, Teresa
Graham published her long anticipated report to The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP who
was then the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. The report,
commonly referred to as ...
April 29, 2015
Figures published today by the Insolvency
Service show that personal insolvencies in England and Wales decreased again in
the first quarter of this year to 20,826 a reduction of 18.6% on the same
period 12 months ago. This figure comprises 4,209 bankruptcies, 6,213 debt
relief orders (DROs), and 10,405 Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs).
Company liquidations in the first quarter of this year also decreased to 4,052,
a 1.3% reduction on the previous quarter and 11.3% lower than the same quarter
in 2014. Bev Budsworth, managing director of The
Debt Advisor, commented: “Today’s continued decline in insolvencies, shows that
corporate insolvency is now at its lowest level since 2008 and ...
April 08, 2015
at The Business Debt Advisor were consulted in late March 2015 to review the
financial position of a company based in Derbyshire employing 30+ staff which
undertakes large engineering projects for a range of industries. Funders to
the business had recommended the business seek insolvency advice as the company
was struggling to adhere to a time to pay plan set up with the Revenue. The
company’s struggles could be traced back to 2013 when it sustained a large bad
debt in excess of £100k. Additionally £40k of work in progress had to be
written off when a long established customer went into administration. The bad
debt crippled ...
March 26, 2015
The clocks are due to "spring
forward" on the 29 March 2015 and business owners will find that not only
have they lost an hour they may spend a further hour amending their till and
alarm systems! But what positive effects can business owners look forward to
with this extra hour of sunlight? Within this blog, Molly Monks, the Corporate
Insolvency Manager at The Business Debt Advisor, looks at how British Summer
Time ("BST") has a
positive effect on businesses. What triggered Daylight Saving Time (BST")? The origin of BST is highly debated whether it
was invented by "the First American"; Benjamin Franklin in 1784, or the astronomer...
January 21, 2015
MONKEY GAMING UPDATE ON ROT Further to the November
2014 Insolvency Practitioners Associations guidance paper on Retention of Title
Claims and Molly Monks subsequent blog “What
is Retention of Title?”, a recent case has examined the scope of what
an office holder (Liquidator/Administrator etc) duties are (or not as the case
may be) in relation to Retention of Title Claims. Here, Molly Monks, the
Corporate Insolvency Manager at The Business Debt Advisor, provides a synopsis
of the case and what this means for suppliers who use this clause. The case 'Blue Monkey
Gaming Limited V Hudson & Others' is a recent (2014) case where a £4M ...
January 16, 2015
announced they are to close 43 unprofitable stores amid faltering profits and
caution from investors. The stores being closed primarily fall into the
‘Express’ labelled smaller stores of the brand. Plans have also been announced
to delay or cancel the openings of 49 ‘large’ Tesco Extra stores. The chain
have also began a major restructure of spending by ending their pension scheme
for staff, making cuts of £250m pounds and reducing overheads by 30%. Tesco have
moved quickly to instil confidence in their investors amid a bad 2014, which saw
an investigation into their accounts, as well as falling sales in store and
outrage at the chaos ...