Insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 announced towards the end of last month that the number of UK organisations facing insolvency had grown significantly throughout 2017.

Incorporating a database of 3.6 million businesses, the research utilised performance indicators such as balance sheets and directors’ track records. It found that one third of companies possess a ‘higher than average’ likelihood of insolvency, which represents a large rise from the comparably-low one quarter at the start of the year.

Whilst the study did not provide details on how the bands were calculated or how many firms were in each category, it did conclusively state that the technology sector displayed the highest growth in risk. The transport and haulage, professional services and outsourcing sectors are also suffering from higher levels.

This news follows on from some government data released in 2017 that said the number of people in England and Wales registering as insolvent had at the time hit a five-year high; a sector that the personal insolvency teams based here at Walsh Taylor in the Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Darlington offices continue to support and work with.

Though the disappointing figures coincide with businesses dealing with increasing inflation, exchange rate changes and overall uncertainty post Brexit, there are numerous reasons why companies struggle financially.

With decades of experience offering our business support services to both individuals and organisations residing in Yorkshire and beyond, we understand the importance of dealing with these pressures as soon as possible.

Enlisting in the help of a licensed insolvency practitioner will ensure that you are told all the feasible solutions and are advised on how best to resolve the issues you are experiencing.

If you are in the Yorkshire area, including Castleford, Pontefract, Keighley and Knaresborough, and would like more information on how we can help, please feel free to give us a call 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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