Research in the credit arena continues to point to the fact that SMEs should be doing more to protect themselves from bad debt, and protracted payments from customers. I read some research over the weekend suggesting that 50% of SMEs continued to deliver goods on credit terms to debtors when unpaid debts were already over 90 days old. Secondly, only 3% of the respondents in this study said they turned to a debt collection agency for help, but when they did, debts were already on average 11 months old. The interesting aspect of this research was that it was looking into trade supplier habits involving companies that had gone bust leaving those suppliers with write offs. Once again, it looks as if there is an imbalance between SME enthusiasm for chasing sales revenue, and unwillingness or lack of expertise in making sure those sales are paid for.
The second largest improvement in ‘significant’ levels of financial distress since the EU Referendum was in professional services, found research from Begbies Traynor
Steve Absolom and Will Wright from KPMG Restructuring have been appointed joint administrators to City Motor Holdings and associated companies
Partners from Johnston Carmichael have been appointed as joint administrators to Axon Well Interventions Products UK
Begbies Traynor have been appointed administrators of William Anelay Ltd, York, one of Britain’s longest-established construction and heritage restoration companies