Supply Management Daily article

Supply Management Daily warned every company has a ‘sand supplier’.  It quoted Andrew Leach, supply chain risk management consultant at Company Watch, who presented on the dangers of a weak supply chain at last week’s E-World Procurement & Supply Seminar. Read about how Boeing narrowly avoided suffering major disruption when a key supplier suffered financial…

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Introducing our very own first blog – from the Support Team

Here at Company Watch, our support team are mainly responsible for assisting clients with different queries – ranging from the Company Watch system related queries to simple company document filings with Companies House and to more complex & technical accounting queries. So we visited our query bank in the hope that we might share some…

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Are you managing supplier risk?

In these times of unprecedented political turmoil, when uncertainty is the new normal, the business of managing supply chain risk has never been more important. Or more difficult…   The e-World Procurement event on 5 March at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, includes a session by Andrew Leach, a supply chain risk management…

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Forums Event – taking credit payments

Forums are hosting a workshop-based course on 13th March 2019. It is designed for managers and staff who rely on making or receiving payments via credit cards. It is especially appropriate for credit managers and accounts payable/receivable staff and gives delegates an understanding of the terms, parties, processes and sets of rules related to dealing…

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Increasing number of retailers enter administration

A recent report by Deloitte shows that the number of retailers entering into administration last year  grew by 6%.  While the number of retailers entering into Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) increased by 52%. The UK high street has suffered over the past few years.  We spoke with retail experts to reflect on the state of…

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Join the team as a Data Engineer

We are currently recruiting a Data Engineer to join the Company Watch team in our London office.  This involves the on-boarding and transformation of many new datasets. As a data engineer, you will work closely with data scientists and developers to perform ETL, help store and provide access to data. The ideal candidate must be…

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Insolvencies on the increase

With the number of insolvencies being forecast to rise in 2019, the need to monitor the financial health of potential clients is increasing. Being able to identify underperforming companies or financially weak businesses mean that you potential recovery discussions ahead of the competition.  There are a number of tools to help you keep ahead of…

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Managing supplier risk in an era of uncertainty

In these times of unprecedented political turmoil, when uncertainty is the new normal, the business of managing supply chain risk has never been more important. Or more difficult…   The e-World Procurement event on 5 March at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, includes a session by Andrew Leach, a supply chain risk management…

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Highly Commended – 2019 CICM Awards

The CICM British Credit Awards celebrates the expertise in credit management and promotes best-practice achievement. The awards reward outstanding performance and innovation shown by individuals and organisations across the UK. Company Watch enjoyed a successful evening at the awards ceremony and was Highly Commended in the Credit Information Provider of the Year.  “We are delighted…

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CIPS Sustainability Index supplier

Company Watch are proud to be a CIPS Sustainability Index supplier. With supply chains becoming longer and more integrated than ever before, they now cover more of the supplies/services that previously would have been done in-house. We value being a CIPS Sustainability Index supplier – it means our customers are able to know us better…

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And the winner is…

The CICM British Credit Awards celebrates the expertise in credit management and promotes best-practice achievement. The awards reward outstanding performance and innovation shown by individuals and organisations across the UK. Company Watch is a finalist in the Credit Information Provider of the Year category.  We were selected because of our leading edge development and application…

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Industry Watch – Construction industry

Following on from the Company Clinic – Construction webinar, we have produced the Industry Watch – Construction overview.  The area of concern grows as the size of the company decreases.  46% of companies with assets between £12k-£50k are in the warning area and this increases to over half for those with less than £20k of…

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Company Clinic – Construction industry

With the average health score of the construction industry slipping to 42 out of 100, and with 65,000 companies now appearing in the warning area, anyone involved with construction or property needs to be actively monitoring their suppliers and customers. The latest Company Clinic – Construction, hosted by Jo Kettner, Denis Baker and Nick Hood…

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Travel Weekly – uses Company Watch analysis

Following on from the Radio 4 travel focus, Travel Weekly have covered the feature and cited the Company Watch analysis of the Travel sector.  Travel Weekly article

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BBC Breakfast uses Company Watch data

Saturday’s edition of BBC Breakfast included a report on the state of the travel industry.  The interview with Nick Hood used data analysis from Company Watch to look at the players within the travel agents and tour operators market. The report highlights the fragile state of the market, and the need for caution when dealing…

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Introducing Aphrodite

Following on from the launch of our Angelia platform, we have been working on a parallel project in recent months relating to the problem of an individual having multiple director profiles at Companies House. We couldn’t resist using Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love, as our code name for this project which involves finding…

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The Independent: state of travel industry

The Independent highlighted the state of the travel industry following on from the Radio 4 You and Yours research. The article highlights the data provided by Company Watch, which Nick Hood included within his interview last week. Read the article here:

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Travel industry highlight

Friday’s episode of Radio 4’s You and Yours included a spotlight on the travel industry, looking at how a quarter of UK travel agents and a fifth of tour operators are in danger of going out of business. It featured Nick Hood, insolvency practitioner with Opus Restructuring, using Company Watch data to show that there…

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Sunday Express uses Company Watch analysis

The Sunday Express article on “a third of shops face going under” quotes analysis by Company Watch. There is an expectation that the poor Christmas sales will tip many retailers over the edge.  38% of all retail groups have an H-Score® of 25 of less, which means they are in the warning area.  In addition…

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Angelia enhancements

The Angelia platform, which was launched in August, has had its latest enhancements and changes released. The enhancements includes the Risk Overview Report (available on the Portfolio Overview page) being available for all portfolios.  This report is refreshed daily around 8am to keep it current.  The features of the report include a filterable and exportable…

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Sponsors of Credit Professional of the Year

Company Watch are proudly sponsoring the Credit Professional of the Year category in the 2019 CICM awards. “There have been a number of challenges for those working in the credit industry,” Jo Kettner, CEO of Company Watch, said.  “We are keen to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of those who are making a real difference. …

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Company Watch achieves ISO 27001

We have achieved certification to the internationally recognised standard ISO 27001 standard, establishing us as one of the leaders in the credit reference industry. The independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading Certification Body, and demonstrates our commitment to keeping data, staff and premises secure. ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised…

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Financial Times uses Company Watch analysis on Outsourcing article

The Financial Times’ recent article “UK contractors have ‘bankrupt’ business models, says vetting group” uses analysis from Company Watch. The article looks at some of Britain’s largest government outsourcers including Capita, Serco, Interserve and Mitie, showing how ‘strikingly similar’ they are to Carillion prior to its collapse. The analysis by Company Watch show they have…

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Company Watch shortlisted as the Credit Information Provider of the Year

Company Watch are proud to be shortlisted as the Credit Information Provider of the Year in the CICM awards. “Being a finalist is important to us,” Jo Kettner, CEO said.  “The Judges looked at how we helped improve the customer experience through our technology and scoring methodologies to improve predictability of failure. “Our new platform…

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TextScore is registered trade mark

Users of the Company Watch platform’s H-Score® and Probability of Distress® can also see the score of the text accompanying a company’s financial accounts with TextScore®.     TextScore® has recently been registered as a trade mark; it uses advanced machine learning techniques to identify the patterns of words contained within the 10-K and 10-Q fillings. …

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Launch of Angelia

We have recently launched Angelia, our latest credit reference platform that includes a number of new features. With a clearer interface, improved functionality and new Snapshot Profile we have tried to make Angelia more user-friendly and better-suited to the needs of our clients.  Listen to Mike Newman talk about the features of the new platform…

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Is the spectre of Carillion haunting Laing O’Rourke?

Building magazine recently reported on Laing O’Rourke’s inability to file its overdue 2018 accounts before Christmas. Find out how Company Watch users can monitor the financial health of Laing O’Rourke and its H-Score® by contacting us To view the Company Clinic: Carillion webinar click here  To view the full Building article click here   

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Analysis of top 50 FM companies

Trends & Opportunities is the i-FM Annual FM market insight report which reviews the state of the market and the most important issues.  This includes recent research and the performance of the top 50 companies, based on the analysis provided by Company Watch. There is a month by month summary of major development and an…

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What it takes to be a winner

Credit Management, the CICM magazine, has been taking a look at the winners of the 2018 CICM awards and seeing how they made a difference. As the winner of the Risk Management Achievement of the Year, Company Watch has been helping clients to effectively manage their risk around customers, suppliers and partners. Our entry focused…

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Credit Professionals Forum – Mike Newman

The Credit Professionals Forum equips members with the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of the current business environment. The focus is on providing an assured benefit to members. Mike Newman, Sales Director at Company Watch talks about the value of being involved.  Watch here:

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Women in IT

Company Watch is continuing to lead the way in shaping global software development, and to boost the number of women IT engineers. Estela Pinto, one of the Company Watch software development team is supporting the organisation of this year’s LAMBDA.WORLD, one of the largest global functioning programming events. This year’s conference will be held from…

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CCR Listing

CCR Magazines lists Company Watch. CCRmagazine.com, the magazine for credit professionals, now has Company Watch  listed within its information and engagement section. View listing here:

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i-FM article

Read the latest i-FM article, from one of the leading facilities management magazines, on the strong performers and those in danger of falling into the warning area within the FM industry. See the financial health of companies including G4S, Capita and Kier, which used Company Watch analysis. The full article is available here (may require…

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Company Clinic Webinar – Retail

As part of our ongoing analysis of the market place we monitor the performance of individual companies and model the impact of internal and external events on their vulnerability. The Company Clinic webinars are designed to give you an insight into companies featuring in the news, showing you the real story behind the headlines. This…

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Article in The Telegraph

The Telegraph reports on care home insolvencies rising amid pressure from living wage costs. Research carried out by Opus Restructuring and Company Watch found that one in four of the UK’s 2,500 home care companies was at risk of insolvency. See the article in full

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What went wrong at Jamie’s Italian?

Jamie’s Italian is a typical example of the fact that having a good cash balance on a company’s books does not insulate it from going under.  According to the company’s January 2017 accounts, even though the company had a pile of cash of £6.5m, its current liabilities was £24m.  That’s almost four times its cash…

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Update from the ICTF conference.

The presentations at yesterday’s ICTF conference in Barcelona were all highly informative.  There were a number of key industry issues being discussed. There have been some key themes running through the sessions.  Two of yesterday’s sessions picked up on the role technology and automation can play in creating efficiencies in credit. However, for these efficiencies…

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Recruiting a Front End Developer

As part of our recruitment campaign we are looking for a Front-end Developer to expand our software engineering and UI/UX capability.  We are looking for someone who has Single Page Applications experience, of working with JavaScript Frameworks (preferably Angular); and experience of CCS modules (Bootstrap or PureCSS), using RESTful APIs and packaging/build tools (npm and…

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Join the team as a Scala developer

We are currently recruiting a Scala Web Developer to join the Company Watch team in our London office.  Working with our IT and Data Science teams, we are looking for someone who has some Scala experience, or has had experience with Java (especially with Java 8) and is a quick learner, with strong back-end development…

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The future of elderly care

The Daily Telegraph reports on a radical new system of insurance to fund elderly care. However when 3 out of the top 4 care home providers have debts greater than £0.5bn – is this the right approach? The UK Care Homes webinar looks at the state of the industry and analyses the financial health of…

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UK care homes contributions to economy

The UK Care Homes industry contributes £16bn to the UK economy. With almost half a million residents already in care and looking to double in size by 2025, this market is definitely growing. However 49% of residents are funded by local authorities and 10% by the NHS. As their budgets are squeezed further the self-funders…

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Sorting the strong from the weak

Financial analysis and robust prediction are essential to know which suppliers and customers are strong enough to survive and which ones are weak and likely to fail. The Company Watch platform with its H-Score, Probability of Distress and TextScore ratings mean that you have all the essential information available.  Find out why Company Watch is…

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Who will be next to go on high street?

The recent Financial Times article looks at the state of the retailers on the UK high street, looking at why pound shops, homeware retailers and department stores are among the most vulnerable. The article includes a reference to the Company Watch rating system as a way to quantify the possibility of future financial distress for…

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Join our team – Account Manager role

13 August, 2018 Job Title: Account Manager London EC3N; Permanent Salary: £30,000 p.a. + commission + benefits   Company Watch provides risk analysis and data modelling tools to organisations around the world who rely on our ability to accurately predict their exposure to financial risk. Our H-Score® predicted 92% of quoted company insolvencies around the…

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Be a Roger. Don’t be a Martin

7 August, 2018 Meet Martin, he’s Head of Risk at Emptyglass Limited.  One of his risks is Pavilion PLC. Meet Roger, he’s Head of Risk at Fullglass Limited.  He uses Company Watch platform.  See what happens when Pavilion goes into Administration. Watch the video here:

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Launch of new platform

2 August, 2018 The new Company Watch financial analytics Platform was launched today, Thursday 2 August 2018.  With a clearer interface, improved functionality and new Snapshot report we have tried to make our credit referencing tool more user-friendly and better-suited to the needs of our clients. Company Watch’s analytics continue to offer in-depth insight into…

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Construction News includes Company Watch analysis

29 June, 2018 Construction News, a leading magazine for the construction industry, has reported on the Ministry of Defence handing Capita a £500m contract despite the firm having been given a maximum risk rating by an independent assessment. The rating, reported by the Financial Times, revealed the company was given a “health score” of 3 out…

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Telegraph reports on MoD using Company Watch analysis

28 June, 2018 The Telegraph has reported that Capita went to the highest risk rating in an assessment carried out for the Ministry of Defence just days before it was awarded the contract to deliver firefighting services. The analysis used Company Watch data during the assessment of suppliers for the contract. View The Telegraph article…

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FT article includes Company Watch reference

27 June, 2018 The Financial Times reports on Capita, the company who was awarded the MoD contract despite the financial analysis using Company Watch, is stopping the practice of the ‘Victorian-style’ fee clawbacks from former trainees. View full Financial Times article on Capita here (paywall):

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Public Finance article includes Company Watch analysis

25 June, 2018 The recent article in The Times, looking at Capita’s recent contract win to run the military fire and rescue services, has highlighted the analysis assessed Capita as a ‘high risk’.  Financial analysis was carried out using the Company Watch platform. View the Public Finance article here: Request the Industry Watch – Outsourcing…

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Company Watch view on the Outsourcing Sector

20 June, 2018 Recent press articles have highlighted once again the continued concern about the financial health of the Outsourcing sector. Company Watch has recently published a view on the Outsourcing sector, looking at some of the key players, such as Capita, Serco, G4S and analysing the strength of their financial health.   Download a…

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Company Clinic webinar – retail

11 June, 2018 As part of our ongoing analysis of the market place we monitor the performance of individual companies and model the impact of internal and external events on their vulnerability. The Company Clinic webinars are designed to give you an insight into companies featuring in the news, showing you the real story behind…

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Industry Watch – Restaurants

As part of our ongoing analysis of the market place we monitor the performance of industry sectors within the economy and model the impact of internal and external events on various sectors. These results are included within our Industry Watch updates. Download your copy of Industry Watch – Restaurants to view who is strong and…

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Credit Insurance News article

Credit Insurance News carried an article on how many well-known UK retailers will struggle to meet higher interest payments. In issue 97 of Credit Insurance News Digest, the industry newsletter devoted to the global trade credit insurance industry, they report on over 1600 larger UK retailers with total assets of £5 million or over who are financially…

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Credit Strategy article

Credit Strategy warns that more than a quarter of UK retailers are financially vulnerable to rate rises. The article reports that around 26 percent of companies in the Company Watch sample were loss-making which included many household retailers such as Hobbs Fashion, Mamas & Papas, Missguided, Thomas Pink, Sofa.com, TM Lewin, Paperchase, Sofology, Crew Clothing,…

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Company Watch at global conference

LAMBDA.WORLD, one of the largest global functioning programming events is opening its call for papers.  This year’s conference will be held from 25-26 October in Cadiz, Spain and already has a number of high quality speakers. The organising committee, who is bringing together the workshops, hands-on experience and debugging, includes Estela Pinto, a software development…

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Higher minimum wages will cook up trouble for restaurants and cafes

One third of the larger restaurant and cafe companies are loss making, meaning that increases in national minimum wage, which came into force on 1 April 2018, will put even more pressure on an already-besieged sector. Company Watch, the financial analytics firm, analysed a representative industry sample, examining the published full year financial accounts of…

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The Caterer highlights loss making businesses

The Caterer has included our latest Industry Watch analysis in its article about minimum wage increases piling pressure on besieged restaurant sector.   They cite “high profile loss-makers” businesses were the Casual Dining Group, Leon, Spaghetti House restaurants, c1 2014 Limited (parent company of Carluccio’s), Five Guys and Various Eateries Limited (parent company of Strada)….

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The Times uses Company Watch restaurant analysis

The Times writes about how Britain’s struggling restaurant and café sector could have more pain as wage costs rise in today’s edition. The recent analysis by Company Watch shows that of 324 restaurants and cafés, with total assets of more than £5 million, one third are already loss-making and less able to absorb cost increases….

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Jacques Vert owner calls in administrator

Jacques Vert filed for Administration in June 2017 – as the above graph shows, Company Watch had highlighted the downward trend in financial health over the years. Following the Administration, the Jacques Vert brands and stores were acquired by Calvetron Style Holdings (now Calvetron Brands) which also owns the Dash and Vertex brands employing around…

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