Wednesday, 16 November 2011

"Credit Check Potential Customers" says Business Link

"If you don't know a potential customers credit history, there's a risk of being paid late or not being paid at all."

That's not just the view of ukdata.com but some rather good advice from Business Link.

I'd actually say that it's worth checking any business that appears in your supply chain as the cost of getting insightful, up-to-date credit and financial information is far lower than not being paid for your products or services.

And so that you never miss a thing about the companies that matter to you, our free monitoring service will update you via email of any filing or credit changes.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Marks & Spencer & Jaguar Land Rover

Not just any fall in profit and sales, this is a Marks & Spencer fall in profits and sales (08/11/2011). I know the new tag line is “Your M&S” but I just couldn’t resist!

The retailer blamed a “challenging economic environment” for its 8% drop in sales for the six months to 1 October 2011 compared to the same period last year. With clothes lines and other products in decline, food remains the only area of growth.

You can view our latest credit report and financials for M & S here.

With much more encouraging news, Jaguar Land Rover announced (10/11/2011) that they are to create 1,000 at their Land Rover plant in Solihull. This represents a plant workforce increase of 25%.

In September the company announced that they would be creating 750 new job at a new factory near Wolverhampton building low-emission engines.

To see our latest full report for Jaguar Land Rover click here.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Company Incorporations for October 2011

Nice short post, just passing on the latest figures from Companies House in terms of newly incorporated companies across the UK for October 2011.


England & Wales

October

Last Year

% Change

35,659

30,861

15.5

Scotland

October

Last Year

% Change

1,826

1,604

13.8

Northern Ireland

October

Last Year

% Change

452

306

47.7

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Insolvency Update from ukdata.com


The UK insolvency service on the 4th November published its insolvency statistics for the third quarter of 2011.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, there were 4,242 compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in total in England and Wales in the third quarter of 2011. This was an increase of 0.1% on the previous quarter and an increase of 6.5% on the same period a year ago.

This was made up of 1,203 compulsory liquidations, which are down 6.6% on the previous quarter and up 5.7% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year, and 3,039 creditors’ voluntary liquidations, which are up 3.1% on the previous quarter and up 6.8% on the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Sunday Times Top 100 Food List

For those of us that are partial to a bit of “pucker tucker”, The Sunday Times Food List, featuring the UK’s top 100 restaurants was a mouth-watering read.

Sadly, the ukdata.com budget has not allowed me to dine at any of these fine establishments but looking down the list, I was surprised at how many restaurants I recognised. More to the point, I was reminded about the number of food based TV programmes that had made some of the chefs’ house-hold names.

Furthermore, a rummage through the books on kitchen windowsill confirmed a love for food even if Nigella or Ainsley hadn’t made it into the top 100.

So here’s the top 10 taken from The Sunday Times Food list, published on Sunday 30th October 2011:

Position

Restaurant

Food List Score

1

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

9.81

2

Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons, Great Milton

9.74

3

Gidleigh Park, Chagford

9.74

4

Le Gavroche, London

9.72

5

The Waterside Inn, Bray

9.70

6

One-o-One, London

9.69

7

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

9.67

8

Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

9.65

9

Pied a Terre, London

9.64

10

The Fat Duck, Bray

9.62

Naturally, it wouldn't be a ukdata.com Blog post without us re-arranging the top 10 by their latest credit scores (as of Monday 31st October 2011)

Position

Restaurant

Credit Score

1

Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons, Great Milton

91

2

Gidleigh Park, Chagford

91

3

The Fat Duck, Bray

90

4

One-o-One, London

90

5

Pied a Terre, London

88

6

Le Gavroche, London

78

7

The Waterside Inn, Bray

78

8

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

75

9

Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

76

10

Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

63

It seems that Raymond Blanc and Le Manoir restaurant in Oxfordshire comes out best overall with the top-spot for credit score and an admirable second in the food list. A quick look at the full financial report for Blanc Restaurants Ltd (http://issuu.com/ukdata/docs/blanc_restaurants_01728000?mode=window&viewMode=singlePage) shows a rather appetising turnover of £13,818,000. All of a sudden, I’m wishing I had paid more attention in Home Economics!