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Business owner optimism could mask insolvent trading

Business owner optimism could mask insolvent trading

Positive vibes, as we look ahead to our own business prospects after a possibly tough year, are a great feeling. They promote energy and, to a certain extent, can help fulfil our hopes of generating new revenue to lift our businesses out of the danger zone. If they...

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Too early to call the bottom for builders

Too early to call the bottom for builders

The UK’s construction industry has been at or near the top of insolvency statistics in 2023. The sector has seen record levels of businesses folding – more than 4,000 in Q3 2023, or 18% of all cases in an identifiable industry - amid surging inflation and a 15-year...

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Loan fraud bounces back on builder

Loan fraud bounces back on builder

In case anyone needed confirmation that the Insolvency Service is stepping up action against businesses which have abused the government’s Bounce Back Loan (BBL) Scheme, look no further than the 20  month custodial sentence (suspended for two years) meted out in...

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Council crashes magnify the misery of inflation

Council crashes magnify the misery of inflation

Britain’s local councils are going bust – or getting close to it – left, right and centre. Literally, since the parlous state of local government finances is being revealed almost daily in councils controlled by all three major political parties. Early examples of...

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Letter from London: Autumn Statement 2023

Letter from London: Autumn Statement 2023

The sands of time are fast draining away towards the date of the next General Election. Arguably only this Autumn Statement and the Budget next March provide a beleaguered government with set-piece economic events that have the potential to change the political...

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November 2023 Newsletter: One cheer for lower inflation

November 2023 Newsletter: One cheer for lower inflation

Two cheers would be a stretch, let alone three. Core inflation remains hard to shift, meaning UK interest rate cuts are some way off. The only surprise in October’s fall in the Consumer Prices Index was the size of the decline from 6.7% to 4.6%. It was always going to...

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Insolvency storm is a long way from blowing over

Insolvency storm is a long way from blowing over

Soaring interest rates and stubborn inflation forced 2,315 businesses into insolvency in October 2023, up 18% on the same month last year and above pandemic levels. The vast majority (82%) were Creditors Voluntary Liquidations (CVLs) – directors throwing in the towel ...

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Sanctions Expertise

Sanctions Expertise

Buchler Phillips is pleased to extend its core offering with a new, topical focus on sanctions expertise. Our appointment as Administrator to CargoLogicAir Limited, a highly profitable British business which suffered as an unintended consequence of sanctions against...

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Get a Wiggle on to plan next debt funding move

Get a Wiggle on to plan next debt funding move

Sporty readers of a certain age will be familiar with a social stereotype of recent decades: the MAMIL – Middle Aged Man in Lycra. Often heading a queue of overtaking traffic at weekends, these cyclists clad in spray-on ‘technical’ apparel breathed new life into 21st...

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