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John Lewis: Behind the Headlines

10-12-2019 Risk Analysis

John Lewis: Behind the Headlines

If you’ve read the recent headlines about John Lewis, then you may be forgiven for assuming that the end is nigh for the embattled department store. “John Lewis unveils first ever half-year loss,” cautions The Guardian. “John Lewis warns of Brexit blow after sliding into the red,” laments The Scotsman, while the BBC states that the company cannot fully offset the impact which a no-deal Brexit could have on fresh food supplies.
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 Analysis

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

28-10-2019 Data Analysis

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.
Crackdown on Economic Crime Continues to Gain Momentum

14-10-2019 Data Analysis

Crackdown on Economic Crime Continues to Gain Momentum

Last week, Commander Karen Baxter, Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, told The Daily Telegraph of her plans to crack down on money laundering.
What Will Happen to Pizza Express?

14-10-2019 Analysis

What Will Happen to Pizza Express?

Pizza Express is struggling; it’s in the process of hiring financial advisers to help negotiate a deal with creditors. Mark Halstead, partner at Red Flag Alert, considers the future for the iconic casual dining brand: “With debts of £1.2bn and insufficient profits to cover interest charges on the debt in debt the situation at Pizza Express is unsustainable and will require a restructuring of the debt.
Online Estate Agents: The Jury is Still Out

30-09-2019 Data Analysis

Online Estate Agents: The Jury is Still Out

In recent years, local high street estate agents have faced increasingly stiff competition from online equivalents.

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