Category: Debt Management

What effect does debt have on mental health?

Business owners at risk of becoming insolvent may find that their mental health is suffering as well as their finances. There’s no doubt about it, debt is a burden, not just to your business, but to your health too. The strain of a failing business can also cause problems with personal finances, causing the pressure…




Tips for getting invoices paid on time

Although you can’t control when your customers decide to pay you, these tips will increase your chances of getting paid on time. Getting paid on time is key to your business’ success. One of the key reasons that businesses run into cash flow problems is because they’re struggling to collect the money owed to them….




Why your business needs to be proactive not reactive to succeed

<h1>A reactive business responds to events as and when they happen, whereas a proactive business pre-empts and plans for changes, challenges, and crisis.</h1> <p>If you’re a business owner, becoming proactive rather than reactive is key to remaining prosperous.</p> <p>Reactive businesses are always in a precarious situation. By not reacting to situations until forced to do…




Are we heading for another recession?

With the political and economic future of the country looking uncertain, many experts fear that another recession could be on the horizon. The 2008/2009 recession was hard on UK businesses, with almost 27,000 businesses going into liquidation or becoming insolvent, more than in any previous recession. With recessions usually occurring roughly once a decade, and…




My Last Business Went into Liquidation – Can I Start a New One?

Not all businesses are successes and various business gurus will tell you they had plenty of failures before they became successful entrepreneurs. So, liquidation in itself is not necessarily a big deal but starting a new business should be carefully considered.   One thing you can do is learn a lot from failure in business. Liquidation…




Insolvencies at their highest level since 2014

According to the latest government statistics, company insolvencies are at their highest level since 2014. Even more alarming is the fact that personal insolvencies are also at their highest level since 2011.   While the rise in personal insolvencies is driven by increases in individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs), company insolvencies have risen most notably in the…




How To Keep Calm Under Creditor Threats

If your business is struggling to pay what it owes then the ever present threat of creditors pursuing you is probably waking you up in a cold sweat. Creditors can come in many guises from banks to other companies and HMRC.   In the case of the latter, you’re not going to have a lot of…




Builder Case Highlights Danger of Taking Clients’ Money During Company Insolvency

Continuing to trade in the knowledge that a company is insolvent can be a precarious business as a press release displayed on the government website.gov.uk highlights.   The article relates to a builder who is now disqualified from trading altogether after it was discovered that he continued to take on work and receive payments while the business…




How to Prepare for A Meeting with An Insolvency Practitioner

If you are planning to enter into an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), you will need to have a meeting set up with an insolvency practitioner (IP) to discuss your case. The IP will expect you to come prepared with all the information required to set up the arrangement because if there is anything missing or…




HMRC Set To Rank Higher Among Creditors

Insolvent business will soon see HMRC moving up the rankings among creditors when new insolvency measures are introduced in 2020.   In the past HMRC was always a priority creditor until 2002 when the Enterprise Act was introduced and put into place in 2003 classing them as an unsecured creditor. This meant HMRC was relegated to…