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Creditors in insolvency cases returned £1.82bn in 2019

The insolvency and restructuring profession rescued 297,000 jobs and returned £1.82bn to creditors in insolvency cases in 2019, according to a report from R3.

This is the equivalent of around 800 jobs and £5m a day, the insolvency and restructuring trade body says.


Of the £1.82bn returned to creditors in 2019, £353m was from corporate insolvency and restructuring cases and £1.47bn from personal insolvency cases.


R3’s research also shows the profession rescued a total of 7,200 UK businesses in 2019, with nearly four out of 10 (39%) businesses advised by R3 members still open after their insolvency procedure concluded.


The report is based on responses to a survey of representatives of 71 companies from the insolvency and restructuring profession in the UK.


Colin Haig, R3 president, said: “This research shows the scale of the economic contribution made by the profession – the businesses and individuals it helps, the jobs it saves, and the money it returns to creditors – which can be hard to quantify because of the nature of insolvency and restructuring cases.


“This report shows what a contribution the profession made in a relatively calm period for the economy, but it also underlines the important role we can play in supporting businesses, individuals and the wider economy to resolve financial distress in a post-pandemic environment, and why our members are at the forefront of getting UK back to work.”


R3 also recently announced a new chief executive.

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