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My Scottish business is in trouble! What is voluntary liquidation?"

What are the other options?

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Liquidation or administration are not the only options! Have you considered a CVA or Company Voluntary Arrangement?

In Scotland there are few CVAs proposed and this is, in the most part, because there is a culture in the Scottish insolvency world that you should allow the creditors to take control of the debtor company.There is also a belief that the HMRC will not approve a CVA in Scotland - Not so! We have never had a CVA rejected by HMRC in Scotland. Our ethos is that if a company has a viable future (if its current problems can be solved) then you should do your up most to keep it trading and pay the creditors over time. This method has in most cases given a better return to creditors and saved more jobs than an administration, or, of course, a liquidation.

The standard approach in Scotland seems to be - if a company is struggling, put in a winding up petition and knock the company over or place it into liquidation yourself. Hence, it is even more important in Scotland to recognise the signs of distress in your company and check to see if your company is insolvent. Have a look at our insolvency test pages.

2015 Insolvency Statistics - Scotland only (figures from AiB):

  • 582 Scottish registered companies went into compulsory liquidation in 2015. 255 went into creditors voluntary liquidations. 
  • As for CVAs, only four, yes you read that correctly, four companies were saved by the CVA tool in 2015. This is a scandalous waste of good businesses. Incidentally the Government also wants more companies to use CVA! (source: UK Insolvency Statistics)




Source: UK Gov


Scottish liquidations up by 16.2%

27-Apr-2016
Official statistics published by Scotland’s Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) reveal the number of companies in liquidation or receivership has increased 16.2% year on year. However, looking at the latest quarter results (Q4 2015/16), the number of Scottish companies in liquidation has actua..
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  2013-14 2014-15   Percentage change
2014-15 Q4 on:
  Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2014-15 Q3 2013-14
Q4
Receiverships 1 0 1 3 2 -33.3% 100.0%
Compulsory Liquidations 181 188 152 135 139 3.0% -23.2%
Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations 62 62 56 55 56 1.8% -9.7%
Total Corporate Insolvencies 244 250 209 193 197 2.1% -19.3%
Members' Voluntary Liquidations 89 118 98 117 147 25.6% 65.2%
  2013-14 2014-15   Percentage change
2014-15 Q4 on:
  Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2014-15 Q3 2013-14
Q4
Receiverships 1 0 1 3 2 -33.3% 100.0%
Compulsory Liquidations 181 188 152 135 139 3.0% -23.2%
Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations 62 62 56 55 56 1.8% -9.7%
Total Corporate Insolvencies 244 250 209 193 197 2.1% -19.3%
Members' Voluntary Liquidations 89 118 98 117 147 25.6% 65.2%
  2013-14 2014-15   Percentage change
2014-15 Q4 on:
  Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2014-15 Q3 2013-14
Q4
Receiverships 1 0 1 3 2 -33.3% 100.0%
Compulsory Liquidations 181 188 152 135 139 3.0% -23.2%
Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations 62 62 56 55 56 1.8% -9.7%
Total Corporate Insolvencies 244 250 209 193 197 2.1% -19.3%
Members' Voluntary Liquidations 89 118 98 117 147 25.6% 65.2%
  2013-14 2014-15   Percentage change
2014-15 Q4 on:
  Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2014-15 Q3 2013-14
Q4
Receiverships 1 0 1 3 2 -33.3% 100.0%
Compulsory Liquidations 181 188 152 135 139 3.0% -23.2%
Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations 62 62 56 55 56 1.8% -9.7%
Total Corporate Insolvencies 244 250 209 193 197 2.1% -19.3%
Members' Voluntary Liquidations 89 118 98 117 147 25.6% 65.2%
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