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Personal insolvencies reach seven-year high

The number of personal insolvencies reached 115,299 in 2018 - an increase of 16% on the previous year and the highest annual total since 2011, according to figures from the government’s Insolvency Service released today. The rise was driven by an increase in...

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10% rise in business insolvencies

The number of corporate insolvencies rose by 10% in real terms in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to figures released today by the government’s Insolvency Service. They show that there were 16,090 business insolvencies during the year. While business...

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Survey reveals debt struggles for North West firms

One in six (16%) North West companies is just paying the interest on its debts, rather than repaying the debt itself, according to new research from the insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. R3’s latest Business Distress Index also found that 18% of North West...

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Figures reveal sharp fall in North West businesses number

The number of active businesses in the North West fell by almost 5,000 in December, according to research by insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The sharp drop – which is only the third fall in the past two years – is a further indication that the...

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Pub numbers fall but jobs increase, new figures show

Almost one in four UK pubs have closed in the past decade with smaller, rural pubs being the worst affected, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. They show that in the North West, parts of East Lancashire have lost the greatest proportion...

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Research backs value of technology PR

Why do some things catch on and become massive hits when similar ideas fail? And what is the secret to making products that people like? These are important questions for tech companies – or indeed any business with a new product or service. In his book Hit Makers:...

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Figures reveal sharp fall in North West businesses number

The number of active businesses in the North West fell by almost 5,000 in December, according to research by insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The sharp drop – which is only the third fall in the past two years – is a further indication that the...

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Pub numbers fall but jobs increase, new figures show

Almost one in four UK pubs have closed in the past decade with smaller, rural pubs being the worst affected, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. They show that in the North West, parts of East Lancashire have lost the greatest proportion...

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Insolvency professionals welcome clampdown on rogue directors

Government plans to clamp down on directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying workers or pensions have been welcomed by insolvency practitioners in the North West. The proposals, which were announced on Sunday and represent the biggest changes to the corporate...

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Cost of food is most likely reason families struggle to payday

Three in ten adults in the North West (29%) struggle to reach payday – with the cost of food most likely to be the cause of this, according to research by the insolvency trade body R3. Its latest survey shows that almost half (48%) of adults living in the region who...

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Katie Price case shows why people turn to IVAs

The decision by businesswoman and former glamour model Katie Price to work with her creditors to try and agree an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) has shone a spotlight on a procedure many might not have heard of – but it’s actually the most common form of...

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