Bad debt

Articles, advice and guides on dealing with bad debt covering important topics such as: methods of debt recovery, chasing money you are owed, how to stop late payment issues, and example debt collection letters.


Half of small businesses poisoned with ‘toxic debt’

Recovery expert Begbies Traynor says hospitality and property particularly vulnerable to carrying debt they might struggle to repay over the coming year


One third of small businesses are highly in debt

Bank of England expects the number of small businesses that collapse to rise this year as restrictions on winding-up orders are removed

Accounts & Tax

Debt recovery explained – a guide for your small business

Commercial debt recovery: how can I help myself and what do I need from a third-party collections business?

Business Loans

Banks set to scrap plans for Bounce Back Loan debt collection agency

Lenders abandon plan for single emergency Covid-19 loan repayment agency, saying it would be too complicated

Business management

How to choose a debt collection agency

Former Labour shadow chancellor Chris Leslie on how to find a debt collection agency to chase unpaid invoices

Business management

How to chase debts and get paid

Ignoring money owed to you is not a business strategy. Sue Chapple offers ways to ensure your small business gets paid.

Accounts & Tax

Guide to chasing money you are owed

Customers not paying on time can be fatal for a small business so use these tips to successfully chase those reluctant to pay up.

Small Business Banking

Extending trade credit? Accurate business data is key to avoiding bad debt

Tim Vine, head of European trade credit, Dun & Bradstreet, explores how data can help you avoid bad credit.


Bad debt soars despite increase in sales and salaries

Data from Creditsafe’s Watchdog Q3 Report 2017 released finds bad debt has soared despite an increase in sales and salaries.


Recovering debts set to get tougher under new rules

New rules set to be introduced next month that are designed to speed-up the resolution of financial disputes and debts recovery.

Buying and selling a company

Is buying a business in debt worth the risk?

Gary Edwards of Company Valuation Services gives his top tips and speaks to fellow entrepreneurs on the risks of buying a business in debt.

Accounts & Tax

How your small business can prepare early for late payment

Here Simon Willmett, finance director at Nucleus Commercial Finance, explains how small businesses can mitigate the impact of late payments.

Partner content

Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?