Companies: Insolvency

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered am ar 5 Ebrill 2024.

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To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the number of company insolvencies last month were 17 per cent higher than one year earlier; and what steps they are taking to support struggling businesses.

Photo of Lord Offord of Garvel Lord Offord of Garvel Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)

Company insolvencies in 2023 were 14% higher than in 2022. However, the liquidation rate of 53.7 insolvencies per 10,000 active companies was lower than the recessionary peak of 94.7 per 10,000 in 2009. The average number of quarterly company insolvencies in the past 3 years (2021-2023) was 5,112. This is 28% higher than 2017 to 2019, when the quarterly average was 3,982.

The Government continues to support businesses, through Help to Grow: Management, Business Support Helpline, and Growth Hubs. Businesses can also access government-backed financial support from the British Business Bank. Additionally, the Help to Grow campaign and website has been refreshed, creating a one-stop shop for SMEs to find the information they need to grow and scale up.

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