Over the past couple months our debts and liabilities have been steadily increasing and we’ve been unable to keep up with repayments. Our clients have been slow at paying us and we just don’t have enough incoming funds to work with. At this point we are so far behind it is hard to imagine a successful outcome from this position and our current cash flow problems. Perhaps if we reduce our debts we might be able to recover from this. We don’t necessarily want to dissolve the company and give up, but we need some kind of solution as soon as possible otherwise we’re afraid we’ll have no choice. What options do we have to save our failing business?
Unfortunately, we hear this very same question every day of the week because the economy has been in a slump for several years now. The most common reason why so many companies are failing is because they are not getting paid as quickly as they should. Perhaps a loan against your book debts, such as invoice factoring or discounting would increase cash flow quickly. Also, many companies have noticed a decrease in the amount of products or services being ordered which is compounding their problems. Together with slow paying customers, a lack of sales can be the downfall of any business.
What we would suggest is that you consider talking to a professional insolvency practitioner because there may be several factors at work simultaneously. Sometimes a Company Voluntary Arrangement would be the best option to set up a reasonable repayment plan with your creditors, including HMRC. Other times you may simply need funding or financing to keep your creditors paid whilst a turnaround is set into motion.
If your current product or service line is outmoded or not in demand, it may be time to consider entering a formel insolvency process. Perhaps your directors are not up to the task which would necessitate some change at the upper levels. It sounds as though you would like to continue trading but we suggest that if you are insolvent you cease trading immediately because you do not want to be accused of wrongful trading!
Talk to one of our insolvency specialists without delay so that we can put you on the road to recovery. We provide an initial consultation at no cost to you so act before your creditors seek to wind you up.
23rd October 2017 The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on the government to freeze business rates in order to provide a boost to the competitiveness and productivity of UK companies.
12th October 2017 The impact of Brexit and the process of Britain departing from the European Union is likely to push up rates of insolvency among businesses throughout the UK.
11th October 2017 Financial losses and persistent problems with cash flows has led the civil engineering business Owen Pugh to enter administration.
2nd October 2017 Monarch Airlines has become insolvent and ceased trading as a result of “mounting cost pressures and increasingly competitive market conditions,” administrators have confirmed.
29th September 2017 The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has given a clear indication that he expects the base rate of interest in the UK to rise in the near future.
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