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7,000 London Companies Sink Into Significant Financial Distress in the Last 12 Months

18-11-2019 Analysis

7,000 London Companies Sink Into Significant Financial Distress in the Last 12 Months

There are 124,000 businesses across Greater London in significant financial distress, with almost all sectors being affected. Red Flag Alert data for Q3 2019 found that significant financial distress is increasingly prevalent throughout the capital, with 21 out of 22 sectors experiencing an increase.
From Cradle to Grave: The Collapse of Mothercare

14-11-2019 Risk

From Cradle to Grave: The Collapse of Mothercare

In yet another blow to the UK high street, Mothercare is the latest retailer to collapse into administration. In truth, the writing has been on the wall for the children’s retailer for quite some time now; it has failed to compete with cheaper rivals and keep up with fast-changing shopping habits and tastes of consumers.
Stop Blaming Brexit

07-11-2019 Analysis

Stop Blaming Brexit

Ask anyone today what the top reason for economic uncertainty is, and they’ll give you a one-word answer – Brexit. Indeed, Brexit is now cited in around a quarter of all profit warnings as being a contributor to poor financial performance.
New Operational Resilience Regulations: Are You Prepared?

04-11-2019 Data

New Operational Resilience Regulations: Are You Prepared?

If Financial Markets Infrastructure (FMI) services are left open to risk, the consequences can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. Just take the 2008 banking collapse as an example: banks went bust, companies closed, redundancies were made, families lost homes.
Report Says “Too Much Contact” is the Most Damaging Sales Activity; Here’s What to Do Instead

31-10-2019 B2B Sales & Marketing

Report Says “Too Much Contact” is the Most Damaging Sales Activity; Here’s What to Do Instead

Recently I reread a report by McKinsey & Company on what customers care about most in B2B sales. The article is called “The basics of business-to-business sales success”, and it contains some useful insight into the differences between what customers say they want, and what they actually want from a salesperson.
Three Interesting B2B Insurtech Start-ups | Red Flag Alert Analysis

28-10-2019 Data

Three Interesting B2B Insurtech Start-ups | Red Flag Alert Analysis

Like many industries, insurance is transforming as new technologies emerge. These new products that fall under the umbrella of ‘insurtech’, offer a raft of unique solutions for consumers, innovators and incumbent brands.
Pizza Express Suffocates Under a Mountain of Debt

22-10-2019 Risk

Pizza Express Suffocates Under a Mountain of Debt

Pizza Express is the latest restaurant chain to hit the headlines as its financial woes reach boiling point. The company is saddled with a mountain of debt – debt that is eating their profits and leaving the business technically insolvent. And now the latest news is that the company is hiring financial advisers to help negotiate a deal with its creditors.
40% Increase in Significant Financial Distress since the EU Referendum

20-10-2019 Data

40% Increase in Significant Financial Distress since the EU Referendum

There are 489,000 UK businesses in significant financial distress, with the real estate and property, construction, retail and travel sectors the most severely affected.

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