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Businesses in Administration


We have the UK’s most comprehensive online database for distressed business. We list UK companies that fall into administration, liquidation and have winding up petitions lodged against them. Our online database is updated daily with new distressed listings and our members are notified of new distressed businesses via our daily email alerts. For access to all this and more become a member of Business Sale Report today.



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Many of our members use our administration-alert service to source the latest intelligence on failing businesses that have been placed into administration. These businesses provide great opportunities for those interested in acquiring businesses or related assets at a reduced price.


Our members are using the distressed business alerts to:

  • Buy businesses out of administration for lower than market-value prices.

  • Ensure that they are the first to know about all UK businesses that go into administration, thanks to our daily listings.

  • Enquire about assets that may be up for sale as a result of a firm falling into administration or liquidation.

  • Monitor the distressed market for competitors who have been placed into administration and capitalise on their failings - bid for client banks, equipment or win over the endangered contracts of failing competitors.


Become a Member


Become a member to gain full access, including:


Latest Companies in Administration & Liquidation

We update our searchable database daily with the latest UK companies in administration, and liquidation.

Winding-up petitions

Our daily alerts of the latest winding-up petitions are the fastest way for creditors or investors to be informed of businesses in difficulty. We provide the company name, company type, last reported fixed assets and the location of its registered office.

Daily Email Alerts

Once you become a member you can sign up for to receive daily email alerts which detail latest companies in administration, liquidation and with winding up petitions that we have had added to our database that day.

Full Company information

Information on each distressed company listing includes: company name, company address, nature of the business and the appointment date for the insolvency practitioner.

Additional Financial information

We include additional financial information with all our distressed company listings, including details about turnover, profit and fixed assets as they are last reported to companies house.

Insolvency Practitioners details

As a member you gain access to the full contact details, including telephone numbers, for the insolvency practitioners for all businesses that go into administration and liquidation. We are also in regular contact with insolvency practitioners who list their businesses with us directly.

Acquisition Resources

We have a written comprehensive set of resource articles all about distressed businesses, including guides on how to buy a business out of insolvency, put right a poor acquisition and how to profit from buying distressed businesses.


In what circumstances does a company find itself in administration?

When a company is facing financial difficulties or has high company debt it can be placed into administration. This means that while the business is in administration the business, affairs and assets of the company are managed by a person ('the administrator') appointed for that purpose. The administrator must be a licensed insolvency practitioner. The Administrator's objective is to rescue the company as a going concern or achieve a better result for the creditors than would be likely if the company were wound up without first being in administration, or if this is not practical realising assets to make a distribution to secured or preferential creditors. This is often achieved by selling the company, or by selling the company's assets. In many instances the company is still trading. The use of prepackaged administrations may occur where an agreement for the sale of the business or assets is put in place prior to administration and the sale occurs at the same time as the insolvent practitioner is appointed.



How can a business be placed into administration?

A company may be placed into administration: by an order of the court, on application by, the company, its directors, one or more creditors, or, if it is in liquidation, its liquidator; without a court order, by the direct appointment of an administrator by the company, its directors or a creditor who holds comprehensive security of a type which qualifies him to make such an appointment.


What are you looking for?


I’m looking for the latest businesses in administration

We list all businesses that have been put into administration in the UK. The database is updated every day, and you can opt to have daily email alerts of the latest businesses in administration.

Click here to see the latest businesses in administration.


I want to find out about distressed businesses as early as possible

We update our listing on a daily basis, well before Companies House. We also list businesses with winding-up petitions lodged against them. Winding-up petitions are a great way to spot troubled companies before they become insolvent. We provide daily notifications of businesses that have had winding-up petitions lodged against them. In some cases our subscribers will have been notified up to six weeks in advance of the company becoming insolvent.

Click here to see the latest businesses with winding-up petitions lodged against them.


I am interested in buying the assets of distressed businesses

There are a number of great businesses that have run into trouble, be it financial or management related; these businesses present wonderful opportunities for those correctly positioned to capitalise on their failings. A business in administration may have assets up for sale at a fraction of their market value as a result of their insolvent status.

Additionally, liquidators will often sell a business’ assets at a reduced price. Our members frequently use our information on company liquidations to capitalise on failing competitors, snapping up contracts, client banks and assets from failed rivals.

Click here to find out more about liquidations.


I am interested in property

Many businesses that fall into administration will have associated property assets that may be put up for sale. Our members can filter their searches for property related distressed businesses. We list the total fixed assets of these businesses, high assets are a great indicator that a business has property related assets that might be sold by the administrators.


I’m looking to buy a distressed business, how much time do I have?

Timing is crucial as administrators may already be in contact with parties interested in the business or assets. Making sure you are aware of distressed businesses as soon as possible is vital. Remember, you’re unlikely to be the only one looking for a particular business or asset. Those that sit back waiting for an opportunity often miss their chance.



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