Last month I described administration and how it affected Leeds United. In order to save the club from liquidation* the administrator propsed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Under the proposal, the club would be sold back to a consortium led by the majority shareholder Kent Bates, and the sale proceeds (after deduction of the costs of administration) would be distributed to unsecured creditors. Continue reading
Despite the record level of insolvencies in the UK, the Bank of England again has raised interest rates taking them up to 5.5% which is a six year high. It is expected that at least one more rise will take place this year as the bank attempts to keep a tight control on inflation. These increases are hurting businesses especially in the construction industry as the property market slows and first time buyers in particular feel the squeeze. Continue reading
Over the past few months there have been numerous press articles concerning the increasing level of personal insolvencies and in particular Voluntary Arrangements (IVA’s). IVA’s were introduced in England and Wales in 1986 followed by Northern Ireland in 1989. Initially, they were aimed specifically at trading businesses and the self employed but are now most commonly used by individuals who have amassed uncontrolled levels of unsecured debt. Continue reading
You are probably aware the Current Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) will be replaced by a new system from April 6th 2007. There will no longer be any CIS registration cards, certificates or vouchers.
Instead contractors will now have to “verify” new sub-contractors directly with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). In addition, each main contractor must decide whether anyone being hired is either self-employed or an employee and must sign a declaration to that effect.