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Hardship for 100,000 SME construction firms

How British construction subcontractors can avoid bankruptcy and insolvency

Almost 100,000 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction industry faced serious money problems in the first quarter of 2021, a study by business rescue experts Begbies Traynor has revealed. The findings reveal that in the months leading up to 31 March, 96,067 British SME construction firms had either: County court judgments (CCJs) of…

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Benefits of a creditors’ committee

Benefits of a creditors committee

Creditors in a statutory insolvency procedure should establish a creditors’ committee if they want to influence proceedings, set the basis for the insolvency practitioner’s fees, and increase dividends for the general body of creditors. A creditors’ committee consists of 3 to 5 people who are responsible for setting the basis of the insolvency practitioner (IP)’s…

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Understanding your insolvency practitioner (IP) Part 2

Seek advice from an independent professional when considering any insolvency procedure

It’s fair to say the laws surrounding the insolvency regime were written largely by and for insolvency practitioners (IPs). The legislation governing insolvencies throughout England and Wales came into force with the passing of the Insolvency Act 1986. These laws were updated 30 years later with the enactment of the Insolvency Rules 2016. The 2016…

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Tips for creditors in administration

Creditors must move swiftly and request ameeting of creditors

Many business owners and directors will return after lockdown to discover they’ve become creditors in a statutory insolvency procedure, most likely administration. This is because administration is an attractive solution for business owners looking to avoid incurring further debts with suppliers following Covid-19. The procedure is a rescue mechanism for asset-rich but insolvent companies and…

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How to make the most of creditors’ meetings

Creditors must be proactive in creditors' meetings

Most creditors assume they’ve lost all their money when a customer enters a formal insolvency procedure. That’s because few creditors understand how much they can influence an insolvency procedure by actively engaging at Creditors’ Meetings. Creditors’ Meetings usually take place between 1 and 10 weeks after a company declares insolvency. At this meeting, creditors are:…

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Congested courts the only option for debt enforcement

While the restricted use of statutory demands and winding-up petitions will provide a lifeline for many struggling companies, the move also forces creditors chasing overdue debts into an already overburdened court system. As it stands, the only remedy to enforce payment of a debt is through a High Court enforcement officer. You may send out…

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