Hampshire insolvency trade body urges firms to take action when facing financial distress as less start-ups recorded

Businesses are being warned that ‘there is no time to lose’ if signs of financial distress appears.
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R3, the insolvency and restructuring trade body, urged directors and owners of Hampshire companies to act promptly to tackle any issues. The call follows an analysis of new data supplied by business intelligence provider Creditsafe.

Figures show there were 235 counts of insolvency related activity in December 2022 in the South East. This is down from 245 in December 2021.

Firms have been urged to respond to financial problems as less start-ups registered in the south east in 2023. Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Habibur Rahman/Paul Collins/Deep South Media.Firms have been urged to respond to financial problems as less start-ups registered in the south east in 2023. Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Habibur Rahman/Paul Collins/Deep South Media.
Firms have been urged to respond to financial problems as less start-ups registered in the south east in 2023. Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Habibur Rahman/Paul Collins/Deep South Media.
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Overall, the amount of insolvency related activity hit a total of 2,540 in the region throughout last year, with an average of 212 cases a month. The region saw 3,898 businesses start up in December 2022 – down from 5,537 in November 2022 and 4,252 in December 2021 (a decrease of 30 per cent and eight per cent respectively).

Overall, there were 66,508 start-ups registered in 2023, an average of 5,542 per month.

Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region, including Hampshire, said: ‘The latest figures should represent a call to action for any business owner or director with concerns at the back of their mind.

Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Paul Collins/Deep South Media.Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Paul Collins/Deep South Media.
Pictured is Garry Lee, chair of R3’s Southern and Thames Valley region. Picture: Paul Collins/Deep South Media.

‘Although insolvency related activity in December was down very slightly compared to December 2021 in the South East, it was still the third highest monthly total in 2022 after November and March.

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‘As January gets underway, the stark reality of financial problems will loom large for those who may have buried their head in the sand. There is no time to lose if there are issues to address or if signs of financial distress begin to appear.’