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The Business Distress Index - UK Company Data Released Each Quarter

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Real Business Rescue – part of the AIM-listed Begbies Traynor Group – is the UK’s leading director advice website for companies in financial distress.

Every quarter, we release the latest business distress figures for companies in the UK. Information is analysed and presented by our expert, in-house Business Intelligence team using Companies House and Red Flag Alert data.

We examine these findings and produce infographics to display the latest trends and movements in relation to the UK as a whole, regional variations, and sector breakdowns. For media enquiries including requests for data, please email [email protected].

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The latest report shows:

  • 562,500 SMEs in significant financial distress – a decrease of 12.6% on the previous quarter  
  • 81,000 SMEs have moved out of significant financial distress in Q3 2021 - a huge uplift from the previous quarter where this figure was 69,500 SMEs
  • 2.61 million jobs are now held by SMEs in distress, a 13% quarterly decrease
  • But business insolvencies increased by 21% as government support tapers off

The full Q3 2021 infographic can be viewed here →


We will be publishing Q4 figures in February 2022. To be alerted when this goes live, please register your interest by emailing: [email protected].

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