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The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same

21 November 2016: Alan Limb, a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner from BRI’s Southampton office, looks back to the start of his Insolvency career.

It is 25 years ago this month since I started out on my career as an Insolvency Professional. In some respects the world of business has changed a great deal since then; one of the first companies I dealt with still used a telex machine to communicate with its customers in the Middle East. However, if I consider the reasons why some of the first cases I encountered became insolvent there are some common themes that I still see today:

  • A retail business that had expanded its shop portfolio rapidly but management ability in the company had not grown at the same rate;
  • A manufacturing company that experienced a temporary hole in its order book but had failed to reduce costs accordingly as cash flow dwindled
  • A family business that was being run by the founder’s grandson who took it from “clogs to clogs” in three generations

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