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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.

2013 and 2014 Insolvency Statistics - Scotland only (figures from AiB):

  • 915 Scottish registered companies went into liquidation in 2013 (this figure includes compulsory liquidations and creditors voluntary liquidations). There were 10 receiverships.
  • In the first half of 2014, 459 companies went into liquidation.
  • As for CVAs, only 16, yes you read that correctly, 16 companies were saved by the CVA tool in 2013. In the first half of 2014, there were 10 CVAs. This is a scandalous waste of good businesses. Incidentally the Government also wants more companies to use CVA! (source: UK Insolvency Statistics)

Financial Year 2013/14 2014/15 Percentage change 2014/15 Q2 on:
Quarter Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2014/15 Q1 2013/14 Q2
Receiverships 6 2 1 0 1 - -83.3%
Compulsory Liquidations 155 163 181 188 152 -19.1% -1.9%
Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations 107 64 62 62 56 -9.7% -47.7%
Total Corporate Insolvencies 268 229 244 250 209 -16.4% -22.0%
Members' Voluntary Liquidations 75 119 89 118 98 -16.9% 30.7%
Source: AiB
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