News release

Business insolvency rate in the UK hits three year low

Nottingham UK, 24 September 2010 - The latest Insolvency Index from Experian®, the global information services company, has revealed that the rate[1] of insolvencies dropped to 0.07 per cent in August, which is the lowest point since June 2007.

In addition, the average financial strength score[2] for businesses increased from 80.79 in August 2009 to 81.06 in August 2010. The biggest increase in financial strength came from the smallest businesses (with 1 to 2 employees) - from 81.32 in August 2009 to 82.22 in August 2010. 

Max Firth, Managing Principal of pH, an Experian company, said: “This month’s picture is very different to the one we saw back in March this year when all regions, bar one, saw an increase in insolvencies and the rate was almost double at 0.11 per cent.  Augusts' figures also show an easing off of the North South divide we saw in June, with the North East going from the region with the highest insolvency rate to one of the seven regions that shared the lowest insolvency rate of 0.06 per cent.  It continues to be evident how quickly fortunes can change and the importance of closely monitoring the financial health of the suppliers and customers that businesses of all sizes deal with.”

Other key highlights include: 

  • Over half of the UK’s regions experienced the lowest rate of insolvencies at 0.06 per cent.
  • Businesses in the South West led the increase in financial strength with their score rising from 82.23 in August last year to 82.73 in August 2010.
  • The largest businesses (more than 501 employees) were the only ones to see an increase in the insolvency rate, in comparison to businesses of other sizes, from 0.09 per cent in August 2009 to 0.14 per cent in August 2010.
  • The Leisure and Hotel industry saw the biggest increase in financial strength, going from 78.10 up to 79.34 in August 2010.
  • The financial strength of businesses in the Food Retailing sector fell the furthest - from 78.58 in August last year to 75.74 this year, making it the sector with the lowest score.

Region

Insolvencies August 10

Insolvencies August 09

% of business population failing Aug 10

% of business population failing Aug 09

Financial Strength

Score Aug 10

Financial Strength

Score Aug 09

Scotland

72

76

0.06%

0.07%

80.91

80.76

North East

26

79

0.06%

0.20%

81.27

80.72

North West

184

221

0.10%

0.11%

80.49

80.16

Yorkshire

152

169

0.13%

0.14%

81.14

80.81

Wales

44

41

0.08%

0.07%

80.67

80.28

West Midlands

131

168

0.08%

0.11%

80.17

79.77

East Midlands

99

119

0.09%

0.11%

81.40

81.09

Eastern

106

168

0.06%

0.10%

81.94

81.89

South West

93

120

0.06%

0.08%

82.73

82.23

Greater London

287

379

0.06%

0.08%

79.88

79.58

South East

197

243

0.06%

0.07%

82.22

82.14

Grand Total

1,391

1,783

0.07%

0.09%

81.06

80.79

Source: pH, an Experian company

 

Number of employees

Insolvencies August 10

Insolvencies August 09

% of business population failing Aug 10

% of business population failing Aug 09

Financial Strength

Score Aug 10

Financial Strength

Score Aug 09

1-2

190

213

0.04%

0.05%

82.22

81.32

3-5

233

295

0.10%

0.13%

81.84

82.58

6-10

218

273

0.17%

0.21%

81.40

81.61

11-25

206

220

0.20%

0.21%

81.12

81.34

26-50

89

115

0.19%

0.24%

81.05

81.02

51-100

37

56

0.14%

0.21%

80.87

80.38

101-500

29

40

0.11%

0.15%

82.05

81.50

501+

13

8

0.14%

0.09%

84.50

84.50

Unspecified

376

563

0.04%

0.06%

80.24

79.92

Grand Total

1,391

1,783

0.07%

0.09%

81.06

80.79

Source: pH, an Experian company

Sector

Insolvencies August 10

Insolvencies August 09

% of business population failing Aug 10

% of business population failing Aug 09

Financial Strength

Score Aug 10

Financial Strength

Score Aug 09

Extractive Industries

-

7

0.00%

0.47%

82.47

82.40

Oil

4

8

0.14%

0.24%

85.84

85.59

Building and Construction

247

264

0.15%

0.16%

77.57

78.05

Building Materials

3

8

0.08%

0.22%

79.81

80.19

Chemicals Industry

3

2

0.11%

0.07%

81.85

82.11

Diversified Industrials

41

36

0.19%

0.16%

77.94

78.63

Electricals

11

17

0.12%

0.19%

79.20

79.92

Engineering

50

61

0.12%

0.16%

79.39

80.04

Printing, Paper and Packaging

6

6

0.19%

0.24%

78.64

79.42

Textiles and Clothing

22

32

0.15%

0.23%

76.51

77.39

Breweries

-

-

0.00%

0.00%

79.71

80.86

Spirits, Wine and Tobacco

-

-

0.00%

0.00%

82.33

81.99

Food Manufacturing

12

4

0.19%

0.08%

77.89

78.72

Pharmaceuticals

2

1

0.16%

0.11%

81.68

82.26

Wholesaling

71

96

0.11%

0.14%

79.75

80.33

Leisure and Hotels

105

122

0.12%

0.15%

79.34

78.10

Media

47

61

0.07%

0.09%

80.58

80.64

Food Retailing

13

14

0.08%

0.10%

75.74

78.58

Non-Food Retailing

83

106

0.10%

0.13%

78.84

79.47

Servicing/Repair

6

7

0.07%

0.08%

82.12

81.62

Transport

52

59

0.10%

0.12%

78.44

77.67

Utilities

3

1

0.14%

0.05%

79.62

80.61

Postal and Telecommunications

6

24

0.07%

0.27%

76.36

76.29

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

5

13

0.02%

0.06%

85.04

84.86

Banking and Financial Services

51

41

0.10%

0.08%

83.91

84.99

Health and Household

-

2

0.00%

0.23%

79.25

80.59

Business Services

293

401

0.05%

0.07%

81.44

80.81

Hiring and Leasing

12

19

0.09%

0.14%

81.54

80.42

Property

78

151

0.05%

0.09%

82.40

84.32

Other Services

62

75

0.03%

0.04%

85.90

85.00

Plastics & Rubber

17

14

0.26%

0.25%

78.10

78.95

Insurance

3

8

0.03%

0.07%

84.13

85.36

IT

44

57

0.04%

0.05%

83.54

82.61

Motor Traders

26

31

0.07%

0.09%

80.08

79.71

Unspecified

13

35

0.01%

0.03%

75.63

72.14

Grand total

1,391

1,783

0.07%

0.09%

81.06

80.79

Source: pH, an Experian company


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Contact:
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natalie.hale@uk.experian.com

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