The team at Commercial Domestic Investigations are always keeping up to date with the latest debt collection and business news from the UK and the rest of the world.

As the end of the year fast approaches, we wanted to take a look at the most important news stories and significant changes to come out of this year.

March – FCA Finds Debt Collection Problems in Payday Lending

Credit Today reported that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found that every payday lender it reviewed suffered from “serious non-compliance” when it came to debt collection. This was bad news for the payday lending industry following on from the large fine Wonga landed itself with, after allegedly using debt collection letters from fake law firms.

July – HMRC Shuts Down Non-Paying Firms

Back in July we learned that HMRC last year applied to shut down 3,000 firms with unpaid tax bills. HMRC issued 3,000 winding up orders in 2014 and was successful in 1,816 cases, this is a year on year rise to 2015 of four per cent.

From July 31st many small businesses started to make large payments towards self-assessment accounts. This is now a crunch time for many of these businesses, especially those who are owed money on outstanding invoices and don’t have the knowledge or capacity to put proper debt collection procedures in place.

August – Late Payment Problems to Be Tackled

We were pleased to hear in August that the government revealed plans to secure a small business commissioner to tackle problems to do with late payment and other business related issues.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills revealed that the role would involve a ‘culture change’ in the way that smaller businesses handle issues with larger companies. Supply chain practices would come under scrutiny, and the new commissioner would help smaller companies with access to help, advice and conciliation services.

September – Businesses are backed by New Enterprise Bill

Back in September CDI were pleased to read about the release of the government backed Enterprise Bill. The Enterprise Bill is designed to drive growth in the economy and create jobs, one of the areas that the bill has focussed heavily on is the issue of late payments and debts which are stopping the growth of many small businesses.

The bill called for a clamp down on late payments and one of the methods for doing this was said to be the creation of a Small Business Commissioner who would help small firms handle disputes over late payment with larger companies. As of yet the creation is yet to be made.

October – Insolvency Service Introduce New Deterrent for Directors Acting Improperly

New measures came into force from October 1 to help creditors who have lost out financially as a result of the improper conduct that occurs when a director is disqualified. The disqualified director in question can be required by the court to pay compensation. For creditors, financial redress is just one of the various ways in which the company director disqualification process is being strengthened.

November – Discussing Q3 – Insolvencies Continue to Rise

Official quarter 3 figures revealed in November that the number of individual insolvencies increased nearly three percent to more than 19,000. The Insolvency Service’s latest statistics showed that 19,683 people became insolvent between July and September 2015 – which is a 2.8 percent rise on the previous three months but a decrease of 18.5 percent compared to the same period on 2014.

The services said this rise was driven by an increase in Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA’s), which increased more than nine percent on the previous quarter. However, they are still 18 percent lower than a year ago.

December – The Autumn Statement and the Effect on SMEs

This month we discussed George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and looked into the impact any changes could have on SMEs. Overall, it seems that George Osborne’s latest Spending Review was a positive one for SMEs. The statement included extended business rate relief, new and expanded Enterprise Zones, and an apprenticeship levy that will address skills deficits while avoiding 98% of businesses.

About Commercial Domestic Investigations

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