11 Nov 2019 / Back to latest updates

New Insolvency Statistics Announced by the Insolvency Service and further Brexit uncertainty from UK businesses

The insolvency Service have now released new statistics for Company Insolvencies in England and Wales for Quarter Three of 2019 (July 2019 to October 2019) on 30 October 2019.

Insolvency Statistics for Quarter 3 of 2019  

The report reveals some interesting statistics:

  • total company insolvencies increased in Q3 2019 compared with Q2 2019
  • Increase in administrations and creditors voluntary liquidations
  • Administrations are 20% higher than Q2 2019 and the highest quarterly level since Q1 2014
  • the liquidation rate remains low, with 1 in every 239 companies liquidated in the 12 months ending Q3 2019
  • the construction industry had the highest number of new underlying company insolvencies with 3,106
  • the accommodation and food services industry group showed the largest increase in insolvency procedures with 39 extra cases (a 1.7% increase)

Brexit causing further uncertainty on businesses

According to new research from R3, one third (33%) of businesses in the UK are concerned about the potential impact Brexit will have on their suppliers and customers.

Research reported by the insolvency and restructuring association R3 has found that 11 per cent of businesses have considered the potential impact of Brexit on their suppliers and customers and are ‘very concerned’ by what they had found. The study also suggested that a further 22 per cent were ‘somewhat’ concerned.

Larger businesses have also considered the potential impact of Brexit on their supply chain and customer base, with only 3 per cent of companies employing over 250 people failing to find any potential ramifications. However, around 23 per cent of businesses employing up to 49 people said that they had not yet considered the potential impact of Brexit.

To conclude; with the deadline for Brexit now extended to January it will be hard to see what impact the further delay will have on UK businesses especially small businesses.

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