As a company director, you’re legally accountable for your company’s records, accounts and performance, even if you hire someone else to handle certain day-to-day responsibilities (such as an accountant). The information that you’re responsible for sending to Companies House are as follows:
You can be doing lots of business, but still be relatively cash poor. The late payment of invoices makes cash flow a real issue for SMEs who, having done the work and paid for supplies, are left to wait to receive the revenues for the labour.
Directors may choose to voluntarily dissolve a business for a range of reasons, such as the retirement of the owner, the end of the useful life of the company from a legal perspective, or simply because it proved to be an unsuccessful venture. It’s the simplest and most cost-effective way to close a private limited company – but it isn’t always as straightforward as many directors hope it would be.
-> Freedom of Information request exposes high personal risk to over 2,300 business owners
-> Average size of a Personal Guarantee backed business loan at the end of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme "CBILS" was £774k.
-> In total, £2.1 billion of CBILS loans were supported by Personal Guarantees.
-> SME business owners could be on the line for over £154k if their business fails.
-> Many SMEs will have ‘Topped Out’ on CBILS, preventing access to the Recovery Loan Scheme.
When it comes to business insurance, owners are typically well informed with products such as employers' liability insurance, public liability insurance and business interruption insurance. But if you have ambitions to grow your business, there are other types of insurance which should be in your thinking.
Credit cards and overdrafts prove to be lifelines for SMEs in Pandemic
- -> 54% of SMEs need to secure new finance in 2021, of these, 54% will apply for a loan through the Recovery Loan Scheme
- -> 34% think the Government hasn’t done enough to support small businesses
- -> 43% saw a fall of more than 25% in business income in 2020
Borrowing hit record levels in 2020 with almost half of the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses seeking out financial support – more than three times the level of the previous year – amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Interest on average Personal Guarantee backed loan through CBILS could reach £327,000.
The Office of Budget Responsibility has predicted a default rate of 40.4% on BBL and CBIL finance to SMEs, with £27.2 billion of loans expected to be written off[i]. Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, provider of the UK’s only Personal Guarantee Insurance to SME business owners and directors, is urging the 59%[ii] of businesses revealed to have borrowed more than 20% of their turnover, to calculate their repayments and heed the insolvency warning signs.
CBILS loans worth £1.22bn revealed to have Personal Guarantee attached, average loan 300% more than UK house value at £766,000:
- -> Freedom of Information request exposes high personal risk to SME owners
- -> Average loan value £766,000
- SME business owners could be on the hook for over £150,000 if their business fails
- -> 39% of SMEs not aware of Personal Guarantee risks[i]
- -> Concerns over size of loan repayments and awareness of personal guarantee risks
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