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Sharp rise in UK firms with “critical” financial problems

Sharp rise in UK firms with “critical” financial problems

In its latest “Red Flag” report, Begbies Traynor highlights a 12% quarter-on-quarter rise in UK businesses with “critical” financial problems, while the number firms with “significant” problems fell away, indicating that many distressed companies made a one-way transition. At the end of June 2011, a total of 5,179 companies made up the insolvency specialist’s “critical” [...]

Personal insolvencies hit record high in 2010

Personal insolvencies hit record high in 2010

Figures published by the Insolvency Service have revealed personal insolvencies climbed to a new high in 2010. According to the Insolvency Service, there were 135,089 personal insolvencies in 2010 - a rise of 0.7% compared with 2009. This was also double the number of people declared insolvent in 2005 and represented the highest figure since [...]

BCC survey reveals 2011 pay freeze for many companies

BCC survey reveals 2011 pay freeze for many companies

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed more than half of UK firms will either slash or freeze employee’s pay in 2011. The survey, which covered 450 businesses, found 45% of firms would give their staff a pay rise, 49% said they would freeze wages, while 6% said they planned to cut salaries. Companies [...]

BP facing lawsuit over Gulf of Mexico disaster

BP facing lawsuit over Gulf of Mexico disaster

It has been revealed that the US Government is to sue oil giant BP and eight other companies in connection with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The companies named in the lawsuit are BP Exploration and Production Inc, Anadarko Exploration & Production LP, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, Triton Asset Leasing GMBH, [...]

FTSE 100 bosses award themselves big bonuses

FTSE 100 bosses award themselves big bonuses

Research has revealed that the average FTSE 100 executive is earning 88 times that of the average full-time UK worker. The revelation comes despite the recession where companies have been forced to make major cutbacks. According to Incomes Data Services (IDS), in the year to June 2010, executives in FTSE 100 companies took home an [...]

Companies making “real progress” in profit rebuilding

Companies making “real progress” in profit rebuilding

According to a study by professional services firm Deloitte, 76% of companies in the UK, US and Europe have exceeded City forecasts when reporting their second quarter profits. As a result of the findings of the study which looked at 543 firms, Deloitte said companies are making “real progress” but warned that consumer incomes and [...]

Personal insolvencies fall for first time since 2007

Personal insolvencies fall for first time since 2007

Figures today revealed the number of people being declared insolvent in England and Wales may have peaked after falling for the first time since 2007. According to the Insolvency Service, there were 34,743 personal insolvencies in the April to June period, a fall of 3% compared with the first quarter. However, they were still 5% [...]

Study reveals FTSE bosses enjoy 5% pay rise

Study reveals FTSE bosses enjoy 5% pay rise

Directors at FTSE 100 companies continue to see a rise in their salaries despite a fall in their share price. The Total Remuneration Survey 2010, conducted by pay consultancy MM&K and the proxy voting agency Manifest, shows chief execs at the UK’s top 100 listed companies have seen their pay rise 5% since 2008 - [...]

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Survey reveals rise in UK business confidence

Survey reveals rise in UK business confidence

A survey among UK companies has found that confidence has surged to a level not since the summer of 2006. BDO’s Business Trends index, which covered 11,000 companies from a range of industries, rose to 103.2 in March from 99.4 - the highest in almost four years. In addition, the output index grew to 102 [...]

Consumers to save millions under new credit card protection

Consumers to save millions under new credit card protection

The Government-led crackdown on credit card companies is expected to save consumers around £300 million a year. The crackdown comes after the Government warned credit and store card firms to “clean up their act” after it launched a review of the industry in a consumer White Paper in July 2009. According to Prime Minister, Gordon [...]

Former Government adviser calls for credit card investigation

Former Government adviser calls for credit card investigation

Dr Ros Altmann, a former Downing Street pensions adviser, believes there should be an inquiry into the profit margins of credit card companies. Dr Altmann, who is a former academic and independent expert on pensions policy and retirement, believes there might be a case for a regulator to oversee the rates they charge. Last week, [...]

Growth too slow to halt record company administrations

Growth too slow to halt record company administrations

Having studied the latest figures from the Insolvency Service, Grant Thornton is predicting a glut of company failures in England and Wales during 2010. Last year saw a record 4,161 companies placed in administration (up 1.7% on 2008) and the accountancy firm warns: “There is no light at the end of the tunnel for troubled [...]

Personal insolvency figures soar in fourth quarter

Personal insolvency figures soar in fourth quarter

Figures from the Insolvency Service today highlighted the impact that the recession has had on many individuals. According to the organisation, the number of people declared insolvent in England and Wales reached a record high in the last three months of 2009. There were 35,574 people declared insolvent in the last three months of the [...]

Credit card industry responds to Government proposals

Credit card industry responds to Government proposals

The UK credit card industry has agreed to Government proposals to help credit card holders manage their debt. As part of a crackdown on credit card companies, the Government recently warned credit and store card firms to “clean up their act.” One of the main issues was for credit card companies to stop increasing interest [...]

Report reveals more pension woes

Report reveals more pension woes

Fears over the future of final salary pension schemes has reared its ugly head again after a report from the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) revealed that nine out of 10 such schemes are now closed to new members. The ACA, which questioned over 300 companies, found that employers continue to shy away from these [...]

Finance chiefs upbeat according to survey

Finance chiefs upbeat according to survey

A survey conducted by the accountant, Deloitte, has revealed that the chief finance officers (CFOs) of Britain’s leading companies are at their most confident for two years. According to its quarterly survey in which 128 CFOs were questioned, Deloitte found that finance chiefs are more confident and less worried about liquidity and the banking system. [...]

NAPF issues pensions warning to Government

NAPF issues pensions warning to Government

A report by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has found that just 23% of final salary pension schemes in the private sector are open to new members, compared with 28% a year earlier. As a result of the findings, the NAPF has issued a warning to the Government to introduce measures to help [...]

ING to split into two and launch rights issue

ING to split into two and launch rights issue

Survey finds executive pay up 10%

Survey finds executive pay up 10%

Despite major losses among FTSE 100 companies, directors at these companies saw their basic salaries soar 10% last year. In the midst of the worst global recession in decades, these companies lost nearly a third of their value but their salary continued to rise. The Guardian’s annual survey of boardroom pay discovered that full-and part-time [...]

TMA warns not to be fooled by signs of recovery

TMA warns not to be fooled by signs of recovery

Britain’s turnaround and recovery professionals, TMA (UK) is warning that recent house price gains and rises in share prices should not be taken as an end to the economic downturn. According to the group, there is still a severe lack of bank lending to businesses, which in turn has an impact on the capacity of [...]