Most business owners never want to prepare, or have to use, a recovery strategy. However, if a situation arises where a business starts to struggle, there are actions that business owners can take to  prevent a worst-case scenario.

What actions can you take to reduce the risk of your business failing?

Identify the signs of trouble fast

The first step to reduce the risk of a business failing is to identify the signs of trouble as soon as possible so that early action can be taken. There are several ways that this can become evident, for example – if deadlines set by a customer are being continuously missed, if cashflow management has become arduous, or if the business’s internal resources have become impoverished.

Seek help without delay

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Despite some business owners aversion to reaching out to experts for advice, it is vital that they seek help without delay when they notice the signs that the business is struggling, because this could help to diminish any losses and ensure that more value is withheld in the long run. Often, the hardest part is accepting the fact that your business is failing; no one wants to see all the hard work that they put into their business go to waste, or disappoint the people that were counting on them.

Do not ignore the issue

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This can be a time of emotional turmoil, and so many people may choose to ignore the issue. However, this is not a beneficial solution as it will worsen the situation and will undoubtedly reduce the chances of the business successfully recovering.

What questions should be asked?

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When considering what business insolvency means, almost all business owners believe that it all comes down to issuing a winding up petition. However, there are a lot of steps that can be taken  before a business gets to that stage.

Insolvency Practitioners explore any small changes that can be made to save the business and turn its fortunes around. Could the business sell any of its areas or assets? Are there any processes to inject cash, or remove any needless costs? Is one key area of the business deficient? If introducing more cash is not a viable solution, there are other solutions that can be deliberated, for example a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) or starting the process of administration for the business.  

What options are available?

There are many options available to reduce the likelihood of business failure but pursuing advice from professionals as early as possible is imperative and could help to keep more options open.  Keeping a clear head, being confident to make difficult decisions and seeking consultations from professionals is essential to beginning that all-important first step to business recovery.

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