Higher minimum wages will cook up trouble for restaurants and cafes

Monday, May 14, 2018 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…

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Jo Kettner appointed as new CEO

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 Jo Kettner (née Roberts) takes over the firm’s leading executive role from co-founder and former CEO Denis Baker who remains with the firm as a board director and full-time member of staff. Since 2003, Kettner has held a number of roles at Company Watch. Initially working on the research side of the…

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Many well-known retailers will struggle to meet higher interest payments, finds new study by Company Watch

Monday, March 12, 2018 A new study of over 1600 larger UK retailers with total assets of £5 million or over by Company Watch, the financial analytics firm, found over a quarter were financially vulnerable to rises in interest rate costs this year. Company Watch reviewed the latest published full year financial accounts of 1625…

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Welcome to the June 2017 Newsletter

As Britons head to the ballot box today, the narrowing Conservative Party lead in the opinion polls suggests the Government might be facing a reduced majority or even the prospect of a hung parliament. We shall soon find out. A reduced parliamentary majority will have dashed Theresa May’s hopes of strengthening her negotiating hand with…

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Welcome to the February 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our February 2017 newsletter. As we write, we are in the early weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, and already the rule book on international relations, trade and diplomacy has been torn up leaving the world trying to get to grips with how this most unpredictable of US presidents is going to reshape modern…

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BIPA are delighted to announce new member: Company Watch Ltd

BIPA are pleased to announce that Company Watch Ltd has become a member from February 2017. Company Watch Ltd which was founded in 1998 in London is delighted to be joining BIPA which now comprises the seven principle Commercial Credit Reference Agencies in the UK.

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Company Watch broadens its coverage of Polish companies

24 November, 2016 Company Watch, specialists in tracking and predicting corporate financial health, has increased the number of online Polish companies available. Customers can now access full financial Company Watch health assessments of over 530,000 private Polish companies including profit, asset & funding, management evaluation and full financial trend analysis. In addition to annual financials…

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Company Watch expands its coverage of Italian companies

21 November, 2016 Company Watch has expanded the number of Italian companies available online. Customers can now access full financial Company Watch health assessments of all private Italian companies including profit, asset & funding, management evaluation and full financial trend analysis. In addition to annual financials & ratings, users can access other important business details…

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More ‘Zombie’ firms, more risk

16 November, 2016 Company Watch, who monitor corporate financial health, has found that there are now approximately 249,000 ‘Zombie’ firms trading in the UK, an increase of 10,000 compared to November 2014 when they conducted the same research. Zombie firms (named after the so-called ‘living dead’) are severely financially distressed. They are able to continue…

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Two thirds of businesses going into Administration fail

31 October, 2016 Research by Opus Restructuring, a leading advisory, restructuring and insolvency firm, reveals that Administration, the UK’s flagship business rescue procedure, is ineffective in over two thirds of cases. Using data and analytics supplied by Company Watch, a financial analytics company, Opus reviewed the outcomes of 4,581 Administration cases in England & Wales…

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More tough times ahead for the junior oil and gas companies, warns Company Watch – Financial Times – 11 January 2016

11 January, 2016 With oil prices testing record ten year lows and likely to remain low for the foreseeable future corporate health monitors Company Watch has repeated last year’s examination of the health of the finances of the UK’s smaller publicly quoted oil and gas companies. Read full release

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Press Release – Over half of AIM mining companies in the financial sick room – 22 October 2015

9 November, 2015 Although collapsing commodity prices have hit mining giants like Glencore, smaller mining stocks have taken as much or even more of a battering, according to new research on the AIM-quoted mining sector from corporate health monitors Company Watch. To illustrate the impact the mining recession has had on smaller mining stocks, …Read full release.

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