Industry Watch: Haulage and Logistics

Excessive competition and chronic congestion of UK roads and ports is becoming a real issue for many within the industry. Company Watch CEO, Jo Kettner and Nick Hood recently reviewed the sector to track the overall state of the industry. Download your copy of the Industry Watch – Haulage and Logistics using the button below….

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Company Clinic – Haulage and Logistics

With significant labour shortages and chronic congestion of UK ports and roads, the haulage and logistics sector is facing significant pressures. In the Company Clinic – Haulage and Logistics; Jo Kettner, CEO of Company Watch and Nick Hood examine why the 5th largest sector in the UK is at risk. With over 40% of the…

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CICM webinar – sorting the weak from the strong

How credit professionals can sort the strong from the weak. Denis Baker and Jo Kettner, Company Watch, hosted the latest CICM webinar on 27th March.  With the number of high-profile failing companies increasing, Denis Baker looked at how companies such as Capita, Mitie, Interserve, Accenture and Carillion affect credit teams, and why knowing your customer…

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Supply Chain video

Andrew Leach, a supply chain risk management expert, highlights why 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… Using examples of how companies have successfully adopted practical, workable processes to create early-warning systems, Andrew talks…

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Industry Watch: Pubs, Cafes and Bars

Industry Watch: Pubs, Cafes and Bars report is now available.  The overall synopsis of the leisure industry is that the H-Score® has fallen from an average of 40 down to 38 in the past 12 months.   However, this headline figure masks what is happening within the sector. The average H-Score® for pubs and restaurants…

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What credit professionals need to consider

Credit management is about allowing businesses to grow profitably: done right, credit management can transform businesses. Find out why credit professionals choose Company Watch to help them effectively manage their customers and partners.

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What procurement professionals need to consider

Procurement is one of the most critical functions of any business. Any disruption to the smooth and continuous flow of goods, materials and services can bring a business to a standstill. Supplier Management isn’t just about finding the best price for a contract – it is about ensuring that a contract can be delivered in time…

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Living our values

One of the reasons clients choose Company Watch is because of our commitment and values.  At Company Watch having values is about nurturing and supporting our three key values of respect, excellence and innovation. To embody this we have three Company Watch plants that represent our values: a peace lily for Respect, an orchid for…

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Beware who you’re contracting with!

There was an interesting programme on Late Payment on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live yesterday – a real problem for small businesses. Expert advice was to ‘know who you’re contracting with’ and ‘know what you’re getting into’ – credit reports, which include information about Directors, County Court Judgments and suggested Credit Limits are a…

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Why is the leisure industry in danger?

The overall synopsis of the leisure industry is that the H-Score® has fallen from an average of 40 down to 38 in the past 12 months.   However, this headline figure masks what is happening within the sector. The average H-Score® for pubs and restaurants is a mere 32 out of 100. View the latest…

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BBC Breakfast – using Company Watch analysis

Saturday 19th January’s edition of BBC Breakfast included an interview with Nick Hood, reporting the state of the travel industry.  The interview with Nick used data analysis from Company Watch. The report highlights the fragile state of the market, and the need for caution when dealing with travel agents and tour operators.

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Company Clinic – Testing for Insolvency

Whether you are involved with credit, procurement, risk or finding new business – understanding the financial health of companies is key to business success. Nick Hood, insolvency practitioner, talks about how he has successfully monitored a portfolio of businesses, and why Directors, Shareholders, Lenders, Suppliers, JV partners, Acquirers and Advisers should be looking at the…

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Company Clinic – Construction webinar

The construction sector is a multi-faceted industry, including house builders, major contractors and civil engineering. Since the spectacular collapse of Carillion in January 2018, there has been a heightened interest in the performance and financial sustainability of the major players. Company Watch recently held a Company Clinic webinar on the Construction industry.   Also available:…

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Industry Watch – Construction

The construction sector is a multi-faceted industry, including house builders, major contractors and civil engineering. Since the spectacular collapse of Carillion in January 2018, there has been a heightened interest in the performance and financial sustainability of the major players. Company Watch recently reviewed the construction and house building sector to track the overall state…

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Where did £900m assets disappear too…

When House of Fraser finally succumbed to Administration, there was barely-concealed outrage that a company which had reported assets of over £900m in its January 2017 Accounts had been sold for only £90m a little over 18 months later. So where can more than £800 million disappear to? Denis Baker has provided a valuable insight…

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Is the UK retail high street dying?

The survival and growth of the traditional high street in the teeth of online shopping competition, changing consumer habits, development constraints and burgeoning business charges, is nothing less than a high-stakes battle – in which the very purpose of place is at stake for many hundreds of towns and cities. Marking the fifth anniversary of…

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Introducing Angelia

Angelia – what’s in a name…. Like most tech companies, we use internal codenames to label our development projects – for the last 3 or 4 years these have all been taken from Greek mythology. We’ve got rather fond of Angelia – our codename for our complete system re-write over the last couple of years…

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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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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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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 login).  

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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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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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Latest Industry Watch – Restaurants now available

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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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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Recent Company Failures

This list is compiled typically using the largest companies in each sector (measured by Total Assets). High profile failures are found on our twitter feed @Company_Watch. Please note that we have excluded subsidiaries (we always warn users to check the financial health of the highest group company into which accounts are consolidated to get the…

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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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