It will soon be compulsory for bailiffs to wear body-worn cameras

The Ministry of Justice have announced that it is to be compulsory for bailiffs recovering debts from private homes to wear body cameras. The decision, which was announced on July 22nd2019, was made in response to complaints about threatening behaviour from unscrupulous enforcement agents. Here at Churchill Recovery we believe that debt collection should always…




How to charge interest on late payments

Charging interest on late payments is an effective way of protecting your business’ cashflow. UK businesses of all shapes and sizes are suffering due to the country’s late payment culture. 80% of small businesses are paid late, and on average, SMEs are owed £6,142in late payments at any one time. Being paid late can have…




Funeral debt rises as funeral costs continue to soar

Funeral debt rises as the average cost of a funeral in the UK continues to increase. According to SunLife Insurance, the cost of funerals has risen every year for the last 14 years, equating to a 122% increase since 2004. In 2019, the average cost of a funeral in the UK stands at £4,271, and…




Consumers vulnerable to aggressive debt collection if their energy supplier goes bust

Customers who owe money to energy suppliers are left vulnerable to aggressive debt collection companies if their supplier goes bust. Since January 2018, 11 energy suppliers have collapsed, including Gen4U, One Select, Future Energy, Spark Energy, Brilliant Energy and National Gas and Power. This has left at least 32,000 customers in debt and at risk…




How is the government tackling the UK’s late payment culture?

The government are introducing new policies to tackle the UK’s late payment culture which contributes to thousands of SMEs going out of business each year. Shocking information releasedby Bacs Payment Scheme Ltd shows that small UK businesses are facing a bill of £6.7 billion (an average of £9,000 per business) just to collect late payments…




6m Brits would pay for financial advice if it was cheaper

A study has found that almost 6m British adults would be willing to pay for financial advice if it was more affordable. As both households and businesses in the UK face a debt crisis, the results of a study suggest that many people are not getting access to the financial advice they require. The report,…




Rent arrears prevention tips for landlords

Landlords should protect their cashflow by putting processes in place to reduce the risk of tenants falling into rent arrears. When a tenant misses a rent payment or pays late, it can cause serious financial problems for their landlord. Late payments have a negative impact on landlords’ cash flow, which can cause problems with paying…




How do late payments affect small businesses?

Chasing late payments wastes time and money for small businesses, as well as posing a serious threat to their survival. Late paying customers are a frustrating and worrying problem that most small business owners are all too familiar with. In fact, research shows that on average small UK businesses are owed £24,841in late payments, and…




Tips for encouraging customers to pay on time

Late payments can have a dangerous knock-on effect to your business’ cashflow, as well as costing you time and money to chase them up. The safest way to do business is always to take money upfront. Failing this, it’s important to take whatever measures you can to encourage customers to pay you on time, every…




Benefits of automating accounts receivable tasks

Automating accounts receivable tasks can save time and help to collect customer payments quickly and efficiently. Outstanding payments from debtors are one of the key reasons that small businesses run into trouble. Not only does chasing late payments waste valuable time, late payments can also have a devastating effect on your business’ cash flow. Keeping…