Insolvencies are rising fast

Insolvencies are rising fast

But don’t give up now when help is at hand

The insolvency service figures for the first Quarter of 2022 make grim reading with totals at their highest since 2012.

Of the 4,896 insolvencies in England and Wales in Q1 4274 were creditors’ voluntary liquidations.

The Begbies Traynor Red Flag alert put the number of businesses in “critical distress” as up by 19% compared to the same quarter in 2021.

All this makes grim news for businesses that have survived the two years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and despite considerable ongoing cost, recruitment and supply issues have been hoping for at least some improvement in their activity levels.

The most vulnerable, according to Begbies Traynor, are the hospitality and construction industries.

But businesses should not give up when there is help at hand. The sooner you act the higher your chances of survival.

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A new Industrial Revolution?

How feasible is it to reshore our industries?

The Office for National Statistics has reported that the UK has suffered “significant challenges when acquiring and maintaining their stock”.

Well, no surprise there as businesses have been well aware that a combination of Covid, Brexit, higher energy prices, events like the blockage of the Suez Canal and, of course, now Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has disrupted the global supply chain.

But this week the paper CityAM is asking whether now is the time to bring manufacturing industries back into the UK, aka “reshore” them to ensure not only supplies of essential but also growth.

While not underestimating the challenge, the paper points out that the UK “is still the ninth largest manufacturing country in the world, producing £183bn of products and employing 2.5m people”.

Reshoring, it argues, will have benefits, including reducing products’ carbon footprint, reducing lead times and...

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