The Business Distress Index - UK Company Data Released Each Quarter

Updated: 25th August 2021

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].

The Business Distress Index – Q2 2021business distress index

The latest report shows:

  • 643,500 SMEs in significant financial distress – a decrease of 9.75% on the previous quarter  
  • 69,500 SMEs have moved out of significant financial distress in Q2 2021 - a huge swing from the previous quarter where 95,000 SMEs had entered significant distress
  • 3.0 million jobs are now held by SMEs in distress, a 6% quarterly decrease
  • But business insolvencies increased by 31% as government support tapers off

The full Q2 2021 infographic can be viewed here →


We will be publishing Q3 figures in October 2021. To be alerted when this goes live, please register your interest by emailing: [email protected].

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