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Monthly UK company insolvency statistics January 2024

  • 19/02/2024
  • Paul Atkinson
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The number of company insolvencies in January 2024 against a confirmed recession and continuing high interest rates was 5% higher than in January 2023.

The number of registered company insolvencies in January 2024 was 1,769, 5% higher than in the same month in the previous year (1,685 in January 2023), which was higher than levels seen while the Government support measures were in place in response to the coronavirus and higher than pre-pandemic numbers.

Of the 1,769 registered company insolvencies in January 2024:

  • There were 1,294 CVLs, which is 6% lower than in January 2023;
  • 339 were compulsory liquidations, which is 66% higher than January 2023;
  • There were 120 administrations, which is 40% higher than January 2023;
  • 16 were CVAs, which is 14% higher than in January 2023;
  • There were no receivership appointments.

Figure 1: The number of registered company insolvencies in January 2024 was slightly higher than in the same month last year, driven by higher numbers of compulsory liquidations and administrations.

registered company insolvencies in a line graph for January 2024

Sources: Insolvency Service (compulsory liquidations only); Companies House (all other insolvency types)

Individual Insolvencies

For individuals, the total number of insolvencies in January 2024 was 8,089, 4% higher than in the same month in the previous year (7,756 in January 2023), broken down as follows:

  • 768 bankruptcies
  • 2,793 debt relief orders (DROs)  
  • 4,528 individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs). 

The number of individual insolvencies in February 2023 was higher than in January 2023. This increase was mainly due to a 60% rise in the number of DROs and a 20% increase in the number of bankruptcies. On the other hand, the number of IVAs decreased by 16%. In 2022, the annual number of IVAs reached a record high, but in 2023, the figure went down. Meanwhile, the number of DROs and bankruptcies increased in 2023, although the number remained lower than pre-2020 levels.

Figure 2: IVA numbers in January 2024 were lower than in January 2023. Bankruptcy and DRO numbers were higher in January 2024 than in the same month last year.

Bankruptcy and DRO numbers in a line graph 2024Source: Insolvency Service

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Dan Hancocks, CoCredo MD, says: “Although the technical recession lasted only six months, the past two years have been challenging for many small and medium-sized businesses. They have been facing low growth, supply-chain issues, and high inflation. The Bank of England has stated that a sharp drop in interest rates is unlikely, and businesses should plan for a slow and gradual economic recovery instead of a sudden bounce back. ”

“January was a difficult ending to a challenging year for businesses. Despite the hopes for a post-Christmas boost, people hesitated to spend money on non-essentials due to food, fuel, and energy costs. Meanwhile, businesses continued to face high running costs and tight margins.”

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