New data released earlier this month suggests that the impact of Carillion’s insolvency is even more far-reaching than once thought.

According to research carried out by Prompt Payment Directory, a ratings platform which reviews payment practices, there has been a 30% year-on-year rise in the amount of UK construction companies that have reported they are either close to liquidation or bankruptcy or could be soon.

This conclusion was made after 400 Owners, Chief Executive Officers and Managing Directors of small businesses were surveyed on the financial challenges that they face. Almost three quarters of these are said to be experiencing serious cashflow difficulties.

It has been suggested that the above issues are partly linked to late payments. Though the problems are clearly complex and cannot be attributed to one matter, 73% of the firms that took part in the study state that as a supplier they have been paid past the 45-day timeframe that is often mooted in the industry. One third noted they have previously struggled to manage with sudden payment term changes too.

Reassuringly, Hugh Gage, Managing Director of Prompt Payment Directory, thinks that the high-profile Carillion liquidation has helped in a way due to it raising awareness for the knock-on impact of late payments.

Either way, over the past ten years our Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Darlington-based licensed insolvency practitioners have helped hundreds of organisations who were facing the possibility of insolvency across Yorkshire and the North East with their sympathetic, practical and professional approach.

If you would like to arrange a free, no-obligation chat or meeting with us to discuss what actions to take next, please do not hesitate to call Walsh Taylor today on 03300 244 660.

Mary Taylor
Director

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath
Director

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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