Insolvency companies are firms that specialise in helping businesses and individuals deal with financial distress. They offer a range of services, including insolvency advice and insolvency administration. They can also act as liquidators for companies that are unable to pay their debts as they fall due. Insolvency is a serious issue that can have a negative impact on businesses and individuals, so it is important to seek insolvency advice as soon as possible.
Insolvent companies insolvency companies are usually defined as those that have debts which exceed their assets, or where they are unable to meet their liabilities in full and on time. However, it is important to note that not all companies in financial distress are insolvent. Often, companies that are struggling with cash flow or facing unexpected costs may be at risk of insolvency but can still be saved with the help of professional insolvency advisers.
Factors that contribute to insolvency include cash flow issues caused by a significant unforeseen expense, tax bill or purchase; loss of customers (drop in sales) or external economic factors such as a recession. Poor cash management and an inability to forecast cash inflows and outflows can also be contributing factors.
When a company is at risk of insolvency, it is imperative to seek insolvency advice as early as possible from a licensed Insolvency Practitioner or other qualified advisor. Taking action as quickly as possible can limit the damage and allow time to explore options for recovery or restructuring.
The earliest sign of potential insolvency can be identified through an IP’s review of the business finances, which should highlight any areas for concern. In addition, a licensed IP will be able to provide valuable insight into whether the company is actually insolvent or simply at risk of insolvency and if a formal insolvency process should be undertaken such as Administration or Compulsory Liquidation.
During an insolvency process, the company is protected from legal action by creditors and can focus on its future viability. This can provide a opportunity to turn around the company by renegotiating contracts, reducing costs or introducing a new business model.
Insolvency processes can be complex and can vary between jurisdictions. However, there are some key similarities. These include:
Directors of a failing company can be held personally liable for their actions if they continue trading whilst the company is insolvent, and they are deemed to have been reckless. This can result in additional fines and penalties, including disqualification from being a director of a company for up to 15 years.
Insolvency experts can be found online and in the yellow pages and are licensed by an authorised body to practice in the field of insolvency. They can be contacted by phone or email, and most operate a no-obligation free consultation service for businesses experiencing financial difficulties. Alternatively, the charity Business Debtline provides free and confidential debt advice for small businesses, and is available via phone or webchat.