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The Business Distress Index - UK Company Data Released Each Quarter

Updated: 29th April 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 – Q1 2021business distress index

The latest report shows:

  • 730,000 SMEs in significant financial distress – an increase of 15% on the previous quarter  
  • 93,000 SMEs have been pushed into significant financial distress in Q1 2021 - up from 75,000 in the previous quarter
  • 3.2 million jobs are now held by SMEs in distress, a 13% quarterly increase
  • Insolvencies dropped in 2020 by 27% as companies continue to fight for survival with government loans and grants

The full Q1 2021 infographic can be viewed here →


We will be publishing Q2 2021 in July 2021. To be alerted when this goes live, please register your interest by emailing: [email protected].

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