Prepare for the zombie company storm

Zombie companies harm other businesses because they trade while insolvent

Directors and business owners should expect to see the beginning of the pandemic fallout during the second half of 2022. Currently, Britain’s economy is operating with a dangerously high number of zombies, insolvent companies that: Earn just enough money to continue trading Are unable to pay off their debt This miserable and worrisome situation is…

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Sunak’s Fraud Squad targets Bounce Back Loan abuse

Chancellor's new Fraud Squad aims to claw back the billions lost to fraud through the Bounce Back Loan scheme

Last week, the Government launched ‘The Fraud Squad.’ Sounds a bit like a blockbuster movie…but it’s actually a serious venture led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Initially, the primary objective is to investigate the billions the Government lost through fraud that took place during the height of the pandemic. Experts claim that company directors lost, squandered,…

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Consumers warned over pre-paid energy scams

Consumers warned to avoid discounted pre-pay energy top-ups

Britain’s leading fraud prevention service, Cifas, has warned gas and electricity customers to avoid pre-paid energy scams disguised as discounted offers. The scams have already affected over 188,000 victims, including British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Scottish Power, and SSE customers. It’s no secret the cost of living is increasing at a startling rate. Many UK…

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End of temporary insolvency measures

Creditors are now free to present a winding-up petition on a debtor company that owes over £750 following the lifting of the government's temporary CIGA 2020 insolvency measures

Last week, the Government withdrew the temporary insolvency measures introduced two years earlier to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Creditors could obtain winding-up petitions under the temporary legislation (enacted as part of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020). However, the debt threshold for winding-up petitions increased to £10,000 and creditors were compelled to:…

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Laws for winding up orders need more clarity

New measures for the issuing of winding up petitions unclear

Entrepreneurial small business owners should be overjoyed with Government plans to increase the debt threshold for winding-up petitions to £10,000. The move is in harmony with new protections and laws designed to support businesses. Temporary measures introduced last year under CIGA 2020 will be replaced from 1 October to 31 March 2022. Subsequently, more debtor-friendly…

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Directors guilty of BBL abuse face disqualification

Directors face disqualification for Bounce Back Loan (BBL) abuse

A few months back, we protested the Insolvency Service’s decision to chase the owners of failed businesses for failing to repay Bounce Back Loans. However, the findings of a report by the House of Commons public accounts committee suggest the agency’s strategy may be appropriate after all. To help struggling small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) during the…

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