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Usave Money Limited goes into Liquidation

Posted by - 26 Jan 2015

 Usave Money Limited ("the Company") entered into Creditor Voluntary Liquidation on 13 January 2015 and David Emanuel Merton Mond FCA FCCA of Hodgsons, Chartered Accountants was appointed Liquidator at this time.

The Company premises were located at  TMG House, Charles Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PH.

All creditor queries of the Company should be directed to Rikki Burton at Hodgsons on 0161 969 2023.

All employee queries of the Company should be directed to Susan Freedman at Hodgsons on 0161 969 2023.

Any former customers of the Company can contact Rikki Burton at Hodgsons for further information on the status of their debt management plan including the whereabouts of any funds paid to the Company. However, the Company has ceased trading with effect from 19 December 2014. 

 

Business for Sale

Posted by Rikki Burton - 15 Apr 2014

 *BUSINESS FOR SALE*

Hodgsons are in the process of marketing a business for sale established in 1999.

The business is based in embracing and delivering converged technology solutions to, start-up and single user businesses through to large national and international multi-branch organisations, from conception to realisation.

The turnover of the business for the year to 31 March 2014 is approximately £500,000. However, net loss is approximately £50,000. 

The business has a number of good customers, including one large US food chain. 

Hodgsons is urgently seeking interest parties with regards to the sale of this business based in South Manchester. 

Business has approximately 10 staff members, office furniture and computer equipment and a modern website.

The assets of the business further include the goodwill and the customer base. 

Owing to the precarious financial position of the business, offers are sought immediately.

All enquiries should be made to the proposed Administrator, David Mond at Hodgsons, Nelson House, Park Road, Timperley, WA14 5BZ or by email to info@hodgsons.co.uk.

 

David Mond - Personal Insolvency Practitioner of the Year

Posted by - 12 Oct 2012

Congratulations to Hodgsons Senior Partner, David Mond, who has been awarded Personal Insolvency Practitioner of the Year 2012.

Now in their fifth successful year, the Insolvency and Rescue Awards are widely regarded by the industry as one of the most prestigious awards scheme in the insolvency and rescue sectors. The judging panel for the category of Personal Insolvency Practitioner of the Year will base their decision on the following criteria:

  • Business building and commitment to clients
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Dedication to aiding the recovery process whenever possible and relevant

Here, Rikki Burton, Hodgsons Senior Manager talks about David and why he deserved the award.

“The achievements and contributions David Mond has made to the industry throughout his career are substantial.

David works tirelessly to help people in debt and this award reflects the hard work and dedication David puts into his job. In a recent interview with a local newspaper, David discussed his childhood and the inspiration which led to his decision of going into a career in insolvency and providing a “safe place” for people in debt.”

As one of the founder members of the Joint BBA/Insolvency Service IVA Standing Committee, David has assisted in successfully making the IVA process as smooth and certain as possible for people in debt whilst also being instrumental in drafting the IVA Protocol to ensure a level playing field across all.

Founding member and current Chairman of trade association the Debt Resolution Forum (DRF), David is a key driving force within of the debt solution industry.

Congratulations to David from all of us at Hodgsons.

 

Need Finance for your Small Business?

Posted by - 21 Mar 2012

Do you think today’s Budget will help small businesses?

The Chancellor offered little in the way of support for small businesses. The key small business announcement was in fact made on Tuesday with the government backed ‘credit easing’ National Loan Guarantee Scheme. However, only four banks have signed up to participate in offering low interest rate loans to small business. Do you think this is enough? Whilst the Banks are again urged to offer loans to small business, we frequently hear from business owners that Banks are not willing to lend.

There are several ways in which a small business can raise funds:

The more traditional method is to take out a loan with a Bank. On that loan, you pay interest. This is something that the Banks have been reluctant to offer in recent years. One potential way of successfully taking out a loan is to obtain a guaranteed loan, secured against an asset you own. However, with the current decline in house prices, this can prove difficult for many small business owners as the security may no longer be available with your property.

An alternative method, that is becoming increasingly common,  is to offer the Bank a personal guarantee against the loan. This provides the Bank with that comfort that you have personally guaranteed to repay the loan. If you are unable to provide a personal guarantee yourself, the bank may accept a personal guarantee from a family member.

Another possibility is to take out an agreed overdraft with your Bank.  This method can be more cost effective than taking out a loan from a Bank, provided you stay within your agreed overdraft.

The final way of raising finance through borrowing is by lending money from family or friends. This is often the least expensive option, as the interest rate is likely to be less than what a Bank would offer. However, be sure to pay the loan back in the agreed timescale, at the agreed interest rate, or you may find yourself in disputes with family members or close friends.

The methods outlined above are all forms of lending which create debt in the company. Therefore, before taking such a step, you should speak to an independent financial expert for further advice and information

There are of course other ways of raising funds for your small business that don’t create debt in the company. For example, if you obtain an investment from a venture capitalist, your ownership would be diluted, but you would have a debt.  Whilst you would have to share your profits with the investor, there may not be a requirement to repay the investment.

If you decided to set up a limited company, you may be able to get investments from family or friends and in return, offer them shares in the company.. This would again dilute your shareholding, but would not create debt in the company.

Whilst certain criteria would need to be met, subject to you being eligible, you may be able to receive a government grant or sponsorship. This form of funding is not repayable and is something you should consider.

Finally, if your cash flow is tight, there are other ways of obtaining finance such as invoice finance. This can take the form of invoice discounting or factoring and both can be beneficial to a business experiencing short term cash flow problems.

As you read this blog, you will no doubt be hearing different views on whether the Banks are lending money to small businesses. Whichever view is correct; there are a number of alternatives which you should consider if you require finance for a business.

If you wish to discuss your financing options in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact Hodgsons for further advice.

 

Will the governments cost cutting measures affect the ability of the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills (“BIS”) to identify and deal with

Posted by - 10 Jul 2010

A recent R3 report indicated that bad management and incompetence was to blame for 57% of corporate insolvencies while nearly 40% of business could have been rescued if professional advice had been sought earlier.

With almost 60% of Insolvency Practitioners already believing that the UK Insolvency regime is overly forgiving towards directors who fail this is surely not going to change their opinions

It has been speculated that cost cutting at the Insolvency Service the agency of BIS that deals with company investigations and disqualifications will be as high as 40% of its annual budget. This is obviously going to lead to them focusing on the management of the ever increasing personal and corporate insolvency caseloads and moving away from the costly, time consuming investigation work. This will ultimately lead to many more directors who ought to be investigated and possibly disqualified falling through the net and allowing them the opportunity to repeat there mistakes and put further creditors and jobs at risk.

A possible solution to this problem may be to introduce stricter punishments for directors of failed companies such as a three strike your out policy.  For example if you have three company failures over your lifetime you are automatically debarred from being a director or being involved in the management of a company for 10 years. No investigation just a straight 10 year ban.

This might make directors take a tighter grip of there companies, identify any problems and look for solutions a lot sooner.

So if cost cutting is required to help reduce the government deficit then by increasing the penalties for directors who fall foul of the rules this may counter affect any potential loss of belief in the disqualification procedure and remind directors that they can’t get away with any mismanagement.

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