Voluntary administration

Save your business with voluntary administration.

Is my business insolvent?

Signs that your business may have a solvency problem include:

  • Spending more time "fire fighting" than running the business
  • Cashflow problems
  • Problems paying Inland Revenue
  • Problems paying employees
  • Overdue debts
  • Regularly negotiating deferrals and special repayment arrangements with creditors
  • Formal demands for payment from creditors
  • Liabilities exceed assets

 

Buy time with a voluntary administration

The first reaction to business trouble is often to ignore it. Avoiding calls from your creditors or injecting your own money into a failing business is not the best long-term solution. There are a number of restructuring options, such as voluntary administration that may enable a business to survive and avoid liquidation. The directors of a company can appoint an independent administrator who will suggest a recovery plan for creditors to consider.

 

Why voluntary administration?

  • Giving the company breathing room to restructure and survive
  • Preventing creditors from taking action during the restructuring period, such as court proceedings, enforcing charges, making demands under a guarantee or taking possession of property
  • May provide a better return for the owners and creditors than they would receive from immediate liquidation
  • May protect directors from from personal liability, including reckless trading

 

Your responsibilities as a director

If your company trades while insolvent, as a director you can be held personally responsible for the business's liabilities. The sooner that you seek professional advice, the better the outcome may be for you, your creditors and shareholders. Taking a proactive approach lowers the likelihood of action being brought against you for a breach of your duties as a director.

 

What next?

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has a team of business recovery specialists nationwide. Contact Tony, Jared or Phil to discuss whether a voluntary administration is right for your business. 

Seek help today

Services

Business recovery articles

11 May 2020

How businesses survive and thrive after a crisis

As a Business Development Manager, I spend a lot of my time looking to the future and preparing businesses...

07 Apr 2020

COVID 19 Temporary companies act changes announced

On 3 April, the government announced they will be introducing temporary new legislation to help businesses...

18 Mar 2020

Building business resilience to coronavirus - what are your options?

Amid the uncertainty created by the coronavirus (COVID-19), including how long the effects will be felt,...

18 Mar 2020

Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act

The Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act (the Act) was passed into law in mid-June 2019, bringing...

31 Mar 2019

Coming from behind to win

A classic example of this is a client of mine – Malcolm Brown. The first time I met Malcolm the thing...

16 Oct 2017

Persistence pays off for award winning family business

Setting up a business can be a daunting task, filled with a lot of unknowns. This was certainly the case...

Find an expert