Distressed Businesses

Rate of Distressed businesses falls in 2010, with sector-specific risks in medium term


The financial health of UK businesses is improving but there are significant risks in the medium term, say two respected accountancy firms. Begbies Traynor and Deloitte, have both released surveys on the levels of businesses in ...continue reading

How distressed are UK businesses really?


With the UK economic downturn having arguably bottomed out, few would dispute that the 'recovery' remains fragile. At the coalface of the commercial sector, over 160,000 companies are experiencing significant or critical...continue reading

Construction business in administration


Inverness-based Highland Quality Construction, one the largest civil engineering contractors in the north of Scotland, has reportedly gone into administration. No one at the company could be contacted to confirm this. However, su...continue reading

Opportunities for entrepreneurs to buy failing businesses


Now that we are technically out of recession, many businesses are still facing uncertainty in the face of a sluggish UK economy. However, there continues to be good opportunities for entrepreneurs to buy struggling businesses. Rec...continue reading

Number of businesses falling into administration slows


Aggressive cost cutting and improved cash management by firms has meant the number of businesses falling into administration dropped in 2010. The number of businesses that went into administration in the first quarter of 2010 was ...continue reading

Reader's Digest UK officially files for administration


Reader's Digest has gone into administration after talks between its US parent group and the UK pensions regulator over its UK pension fund broke down. The negotiations concerned how to fund the firm's £125 milli...continue reading

Nearly two out of three businesses refused finance


Despite the government's attempts to boost business lending, nearly 60 per cent of UK companies were refused credit by their banks last year, leaving a fifth to turn to credit cards to finance their enterprises. That's ...continue reading

Winding-up order adjourned but Portsmouth administration inevitable?


It might have been given a week-long stay of execution after the winding-up petition against it reached the High Court yesterday, but don't be surprised if Premier League club Portsmouth is tipped into administration anyway. ...continue reading

Football clubs have wind-up orders adjourned


There's plenty of talk about Portsmouth today after the High Court adjourned its winding-up order for seven days. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed the club owes £11.5 million and declared it "ins...continue reading

End of tax scheme to prompt wave of distressed businesses for sale?


In another indication that the UK can expect to witness a selection of distressed businesses for sale towards the latter end of 2010, the government has been warned of a ticking time bomb of company closures and job losses when it...continue reading

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