Though the warm weather, World Cup and royal wedding have all recently provided the UK economy with a much-needed lift, experts have warned that the nation’s finances are still recovering slowly after a sluggish start to 2018.

Earlier in July, for instance, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said that despite more properties being put up for sale in the past couple of months, the housing market is likely to remain stagnant for the foreseeable future.

In addition, whilst consumer borrowing is predicted to pick up in the third quarter of 2018 if the Bank of England’s (BoE) most recent credit conditions survey is accurate, the report also stated that there was ‘a significant increase in default rates on credit card loans’ from April to June this year.

This potentially signals that budgets could soon be under strain, particularly when taking into account that the BoE is apparently considering further interest rates rise.

The Bank’s interest rate setting committee has approved an increase in rates, with the cost of borrowing ultimately potentially being elevated above the level set since the financial crisis. As a result, the BoE has been warned of the risks of inflationary pressures, weak wage growth and a decline in consumer spending throughout the country. Regarding the latter, as reported by Walsh Taylor in June, it is no secret that retailers are struggling from a drop in sales.

Having helped hundreds of businesses across Yorkshire and the North East over the past decade, Walsh Taylor naturally like to keep up to the date with ongoing industry developments and hope to see some promising news soon.

If you too are experiencing financial problems in the midst of the economic downturn and want clear, confidential advice on what options are available to you, please feel free to call 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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