Companies failing at an alarming rate

Posted: Tuesday, 18 November 2008 @ 10:01
The latest Government figures on insolvency (published 7th November 2008) show an alarming increase in the number of business failures. There were 4,001 compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in the third quarter of 2008, an increase of 10.5% on last quarter and a 26.3% increase on the same period last year.

Add this to the 27,087 personal insolvencies in the same period and you can see the recession in the UK is really starting to bite.

Even if your industry sector or your business is still doing well in this economic climate now is the time to start to be more cautious with customers – especially new ones. Check their credit rating before taking them on, reduce the length of credit you offer them and make sure you act swiftly if they fail to pay one of your invoices. Take the Zero Tolerance Approach to Bad Debt and you won’t go far wrong. Your business might be recession proof – but you’ll only survive if you customers continue to pay!

If you are one of the businesses struggling in these difficult times – and there are many, you are not alone – you might want to read “Keeping your business going when the going gets tough” on the Cousins Business Law website.

Gary Cousins, Business Lawyer

Blog by Gary Cousins
Gary has been providing legal advice to shareholders, directors and business owners for over 25 years. Specialising in dispute resolution Gary is based in Birmingham with clients throughout the UK and overseas. View profile
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Thank you. Your response is great, very straight to the point! Hopefully this will bring an end to the matter. I will certainly be recommending your services as I am very impressed with the prompt dealing of this matter.
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