The Covid-19 pandemic is taking its toll on people and businesses alike and in its train many small businesses will be touched by insolvency issues for the first time. In normal times most business owners think insolvency is something that only happens to other businesses but that might all be about to change.
Did you know that your business is defined as insolvent by law if the value of its assets is less than the amount of its liabilities OR it cannot pay its debts as they fall due? If either apply you should take insolvency advice.
Think of insolvency warning signs like a traffic light.
Carry on trading but keep under review
Unable to pay creditors on normal terms but they are happy to extend further credit.
Cannot pay the tax man on time but HMRC has agreed a payment schedule for the arrears.
Exceeded your credit limits with your key suppliers and are on stop but able to get credit elsewhere and overall keep your creditors level.
Proceed with caution
You can only get credit from new sources and are using this to fend off existing creditors.
Creditors are threatening legal action and tax arrears are mounting.
You cannot accept new orders because you cannot buy essential materials or pay the overtime to satisfy it.
Stop trading or take professional advice
You are on stop with most of your suppliers and cannot get more credit from anywhere.
You are receiving final demands for payment and county court writs.
The worry is giving you sleepless nights.
Don't be nervous talking to an insolvency practitioner, if you're worried you might be losing control contact us early, there's more scope when people call us early as we're able to offer turnaround possibilities. McTear Williams & Wood has 20 years’ experience working as a leading business rescue and insolvency expert. Contact one of our professional experts today.
We summarise some of the available options and must stress that we always exhaust the business rescue options before we get to the insolvency route. Below is a brief run through of each option in the order of least intervention first. Think of these as a cascade where we rule each one in or out in turn.