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  1. Nicola Layland becomes Director at Portland

    We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Layland as Director at Portland and welcome her as an equal shareholder of the company.

    Tuesday, 1st May 2018 25 views


    Friday, 16th March 2018 685 views

  3. Moving forward – A time to pay or a company voluntary arrangement.

    Tuesday, 14th November 2017 1192 views

  4. Would an increase in interest rates lead to a rise in business insolvency?

    Sunday, 22nd October 2017 1170 views

  5. Crowdfunding - a realistic alternative to bank finance?

    Wednesday, 6th September 2017 1070 views

  6. TUPE – What is it and what effect does it have on insolvency?

    Friday, 21st July 2017 1251 views

  7. Is bankruptcy worth the gamble?

    Tuesday, 27th June 2017 1273 views

  8. Portland team raises over £600 for local children’s hospice

    Wednesday, 17th May 2017 1420 views

  9. HMRC is increasing pressure on companies with overdue debts

    Monday, 8th May 2017 926 views

  10. Personal and corporate insolvencies are on the rise

    Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 658 views

  11. Using Brexit to boost your business

    Tuesday, 25th April 2017 1155 views

  12. New Insolvency Rules – what you should know

    Friday, 21st April 2017 919 views

  13. Personal guarantees and the possible consequences on the guarantor if they are called upon

    Monday, 17th April 2017 1302 views

  14. The business failure of Comet

    Thursday, 6th April 2017 1732 views

  15. Planning an exit strategy

    Wednesday, 29th March 2017 975 views

  16. A day in the life of an Insolvency Administrator

    Thursday, 23rd March 2017 1045 views

  17. The ongoing Glasgow Rangers court battle and the effect it may have on businesses nationwide

    Monday, 13th March 2017 1328 views

  18. The rise & fall Blockbuster Video

    Wednesday, 8th March 2017 1294 views

  19. What options do you have when you can’t pay your creditors

    Tuesday, 14th February 2017 770 views

  20. Will Brexit lead to an increase in the number of insolvencies?

    Monday, 6th February 2017 1016 views

  21. How to value a business

    Friday, 27th January 2017 905 views

  22. Is 2017 the year of the Red Lion? Could the public house sector be fighting back?

    Monday, 23rd January 2017 989 views

  23. HMRCs increased powers to find unpaid tax

    Wednesday, 18th January 2017 966 views

  24. Difficulties facing the travel industry in 2017

    Friday, 13th January 2017 968 views

  25. The business failure of Woolworths

    Tuesday, 10th January 2017 4933 views

  26. Finding appropriate investment must be the driving force

    Wednesday, 4th January 2017 1023 views

  27. What are the options following a winding up petition

    Thursday, 29th December 2016 1098 views

  28. The importance of obtaining advice and forming a plan early

    Sunday, 18th December 2016 1031 views

  29. How an IVA could annul bankruptcy

    Monday, 12th December 2016 1259 views

  30. HM Revenue & Customs current position on Advanced Payment Notices to Investors of Tax Schemes

    Wednesday, 30th November 2016 1095 views

  31. Can businesses learn a lesson from the US election results?

    Wednesday, 30th November 2016 1088 views

  32. The importance of maintaining proper accounting records

    Monday, 28th November 2016 997 views

  33. How do employees get redundancy when a company goes under

    Thursday, 24th November 2016 1510 views

  34. The challenges facing private schools

    Thursday, 17th November 2016 5769 views

  35. What is the difference between voluntary and compulsory liquidation?

    Wednesday, 9th November 2016 2111 views

  36. The consequences of receiving a winding up petition

    Friday, 28th October 2016 1485 views

  37. Higher national minimum wage and the introduction of national living wage increases business failure

    Friday, 21st October 2016 1052 views

  38. Is my pension safe if I go bankrupt?

    Tuesday, 18th October 2016 1044 views

  39. Significant increase in the number of insolvencies in the nursery sector

    Wednesday, 28th September 2016 1057 views

  40. Portland rescue locally loved brewery

    Wednesday, 14th September 2016 1241 views

  41. The Oakleaf Brewing Company Limited

    Monday, 15th August 2016 1393 views

  42. A new approach for companies with financial difficulties

    Thursday, 30th June 2016 1150 views

  43. Diary of an insolvency practitioner

    Thursday, 19th May 2016 1327 views

  44. The rise and fall of large retailers after failed CVA

    Tuesday, 3rd May 2016 1896 views

  45. Increased insolvencies in the care home sector

    Thursday, 28th April 2016 1376 views

  46. What does an administrator really do?

    Tuesday, 26th April 2016 1564 views

  47. If at first you don’t succeed - Entrepreneurs who experienced failure before succeeding

    Monday, 28th March 2016 1815 views

  48. Imminent changes to the tax rules which will effect Entrepreneurs relief

    Friday, 4th March 2016 1466 views

  49. Was it a difficult start to the year for clothing retailers?

    Monday, 29th February 2016 1308 views

  50. Bolton Wanderers facing insolvency

    Monday, 28th December 2015 1766 views

  51. The benefits of using a Members’ Voluntary Liquidation to utilise capital gains tax allowances

    Thursday, 26th November 2015 2155 views

  52. Handling a delicate Liquidation

    Wednesday, 25th November 2015 1297 views

  53. Paying small suppliers early – every little helps

    Tuesday, 10th November 2015 1549 views

  54. How to find a buyer for a business – strike whilst the iron is hot

    Wednesday, 28th October 2015 1958 views

  55. Is the “crowdfunding” bubble about to burst

    Friday, 23rd October 2015 1984 views

  56. Insolvency isn’t all doom and gloom

    Thursday, 15th October 2015 1963 views

  57. The rise and fall of Morrisons and the lessons that could be learnt

    Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 2290 views

  58. As the UK economy picks up, are businesses safe from insolvency?

    Tuesday, 4th August 2015 1630 views

  59. Is my pension pot safe if I go bankrupt?

    Monday, 13th July 2015 3353 views

  60. Popular online music streaming service placed into Administration

    Thursday, 18th June 2015 2065 views

  61. Football League tightens up insolvency rules

    Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 2027 views

  62. Will Tesco be the next big UK business failure?

    Tuesday, 26th May 2015 2441 views

  63. Are couriers at risk of insolvency due to online shopping habits?

    Tuesday, 7th April 2015 2278 views

  64. Can the Government reverse the UK late payment culture and help SME’s cashflow

    Monday, 2nd March 2015 1662 views

  65. Nearly 30 years of inflation leads to changes to bankruptcy debt rules

    Thursday, 29th January 2015 2213 views

  66. How to sell your business and only pay 10% tax

    Tuesday, 16th December 2014 4493 views

  67. Portland Charity Lunch and Auction raises over £2k for The Rainbow Centre

    Wednesday, 3rd December 2014 1781 views

  68. ‘Zombie’ companies just refusing to die

    Thursday, 27th November 2014 2183 views

  69. How to deal with arrears of VAT, PAYE and Corporation tax

    Monday, 10th November 2014 2772 views

  70. Top tips to free up cash in your business

    Friday, 7th November 2014 1660 views

  71. How short term business loans can assist with cash flow difficulties

    Wednesday, 5th November 2014 1432 views

  72. Is a CVA the business owners prefered option for managing debt?

    Monday, 3rd November 2014 1409 views

  73. Cash flow problems? The show must go on

    Friday, 31st October 2014 1484 views

  74. How to make £Millions

    Tuesday, 28th October 2014 2122 views

  75. How to lose £Billions

    Monday, 27th October 2014 1904 views

  76. How to respond to a Winding Up Petition

    Thursday, 23rd October 2014 1529 views

  77. Bringing Zombie companies back to life

    Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 1404 views

  78. A successful Partnership Voluntary Arrangement

    Tuesday, 14th October 2014 1350 views

  79. Restaurants like Café Rouge continue to struggle with insolvency despite economic uplift

    Monday, 13th October 2014 1423 views

  80. What effect will interest rate rises have on your personal finances?

    Thursday, 9th October 2014 1574 views

  81. Small UK businesses confident of economic recovery

    Tuesday, 30th September 2014 1352 views

  82. Company Voluntary Arrangements work even with eggs in one basket

    Saturday, 27th September 2014 1477 views

  83. Entrepreneurs’ Relief at risk?

    Thursday, 25th September 2014 2642 views

  84. Debt Relief Orders to be reviewed

    Wednesday, 17th September 2014 1873 views

  85. What if CVA contributions are no longer affordable?

    Sunday, 14th September 2014 1394 views

  86. Is an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) an option if you are a sole trader?

    Sunday, 14th September 2014 1561 views

  87. How do I ensure that shareholder dividends are not illegal?

    Sunday, 7th September 2014 2975 views

  88. A reflection of a Company Voluntary Arrangement one year on

    Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 1585 views

  89. Successful business recovery - administration does not have to mean the end

    Wednesday, 27th August 2014 1420 views

  90. Short sighted optician has been banned from acting as a director

    Monday, 25th August 2014 2227 views

  91. Business loans for insolvent companies

    Thursday, 21st August 2014 1541 views

  92. How a CVA can be used to survive and prosper

    Monday, 18th August 2014 1510 views

  93. What is a winding up petition and how is it issued?

    Wednesday, 13th August 2014 2245 views

  94. A quick and tax efficient solution to distribute funds to shareholders

    Monday, 11th August 2014 4508 views

  95. Tax efficient shareholder distributions through a low cost members voluntary liquidation

    Monday, 4th August 2014 2968 views

  96. Cash flow management leading to pressure from creditors

    Thursday, 31st July 2014 1532 views

  97. Company insolvencies continue to fall

    Tuesday, 29th July 2014 1974 views

  98. La Senza in administration for the second time

    Monday, 28th July 2014 1725 views

  99. Company Voluntary Arrangement rescues firm from financial difficulty

    Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 1592 views

  100. Can partnerships propose a company voluntary arrangement?

    Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 1558 views

  101. How to manage stakeholders of a Company Voluntary Arrangement

    Friday, 18th July 2014 1631 views

  102. Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) – The facts (part 2)

    Thursday, 17th July 2014 1640 views

  103. Debt management services for trade supplier debts

    Wednesday, 16th July 2014 1572 views

  104. Company Voluntary Arrangement – all your questions answered

    Tuesday, 15th July 2014 1530 views

  105. A successful conclusion to a Company Voluntary Arrangement despite variations

    Friday, 11th July 2014 1991 views

  106. Hampshire tea rooms business sale – a piece of cake

    Thursday, 10th July 2014 2074 views

  107. Case Study: Haulage company survives following Company Voluntary Arrangement

    Thursday, 10th July 2014 1686 views

  108. Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) – The facts (part 1)

    Thursday, 10th July 2014 1538 views

  109. Corporate Restructuring

    Tuesday, 8th July 2014 2239 views

  110. Peer 2 Peer lending as a tax free investment for ISA funds

    Tuesday, 1st July 2014 5231 views

  111. Quick business loans could be the answer when your bank say’s NO!

    Friday, 27th June 2014 1635 views

  112. How to use a Company Voluntary Arrangement to tackle a Winding Up Petition

    Wednesday, 25th June 2014 1613 views

  113. Portland save 20 jobs in sale of well known landmark after administration

    Sunday, 8th June 2014 2008 views

  114. Problems paying HMRC? What are the options?

    Monday, 2nd June 2014 1541 views

  115. Has a Winding Up Petition been issued against your company?

    Monday, 12th May 2014 2102 views

  116. Tax breaks can help business cashflow

    Thursday, 3rd April 2014 2283 views

  117. Cashflow problem? Headline that wasn’t predicted: ‘Unforeseen loss forces psychics into liquidation’

    Thursday, 13th March 2014 1914 views

  118. Tax Saving Fixed Price Members’ Voluntary Liquidations

    Tuesday, 11th March 2014 3096 views

  119. Business Debt Help - What to look for in your Insolvency Advisor (part 2)

    Friday, 7th March 2014 2896 views

  120. Liquidation for company that used ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ tactics

    Thursday, 6th March 2014 2484 views

  121. Internacionale – third time unlucky?

    Monday, 3rd March 2014 10062 views

  122. Directors disqualified for company trading whilst insolvent | Portland

    Friday, 28th February 2014 2165 views

  123. Bradford Bulls to suffer the same fate as Portsmouth FC?

    Thursday, 27th February 2014 10218 views

  124. Are you investing in your business to keep your employees employed?

    Monday, 17th February 2014 1947 views

  125. Base Retail Limited enters administration a victim of sustained difficult trading conditions

    Tuesday, 11th February 2014 5826 views

  126. Portland moves Avient rescue to next stage

    Friday, 31st January 2014 2125 views

  127. Business Debt Help - What to look for in your Insolvency Advisor

    Tuesday, 28th January 2014 2741 views

  128. Business Debt – where to get help?

    Friday, 17th January 2014 1933 views

  129. Hampshire and Dorset face to face advice for businesses suffering financial distress

    Thursday, 16th January 2014 1661 views

  130. Why having a reliable and reputable accountant to maintain your accounts is critical

    Tuesday, 17th December 2013 3092 views

  131. Portland holds 2nd successful legal workshop, giving guidance on ‘Riding the Perfect Storm’

    Thursday, 5th December 2013 2407 views

  132. A magical night to remember

    Thursday, 28th November 2013 3309 views

  133. A personal plea from Steve

    Monday, 25th November 2013 2247 views

  134. Portland gives guidance on ‘Riding the Perfect Storm’ in the legal profession

    Thursday, 7th November 2013 2707 views

  135. 20,000 jobs could be at risk due to business rates rise

    Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 1823 views

  136. Firms operating NHS Care Homes reduce their tax bills

    Monday, 21st October 2013 1969 views

  137. Billions lost by small businesses due to failure to invoice

    Monday, 14th October 2013 1751 views

  138. Portland helps raise funds for QE2 Centre and Fareham Hockey Club community investment fund

    Monday, 7th October 2013 3014 views

  139. ‘Zombie’ companies double to 227,000 in UK

    Monday, 30th September 2013 1808 views


    Monday, 23rd September 2013 3138 views

  141. Portland saves 50 year old business by negotiating sale

    Friday, 13th September 2013 2287 views

  142. It’s Never Too Late – adjournment obtained day before bankruptcy petition

    Monday, 2nd September 2013 2983 views

  143. Portland assist in the sale of popular magazine

    Tuesday, 13th August 2013 2018 views

  144. Cashflow problems? A business loan on a short term basis could be the answer!

    Monday, 29th July 2013 1995 views

  145. Portland concludes innovative administration disposal of global electronics manufacturing business

    Thursday, 25th July 2013 2145 views

  146. Community centre saved from closure after volunteers form new committee

    Wednesday, 17th July 2013 2330 views

  147. Why Prepack when you can Cashsolv

    Sunday, 14th July 2013 2453 views

  148. More UK businesses display acute signs of distress than last year survey suggests

    Monday, 1st July 2013 2191 views

  149. Business owners need skills and education not just a ‘get out of jail’ card

    Wednesday, 22nd May 2013 1919 views

  150. HMRC getting tougher on businesses

    Sunday, 14th April 2013 1821 views

  151. Portland professionals dinner hits the right notes

    Tuesday, 4th December 2012 2749 views

  152. Portland Senior Manager helps raise almost £3,000 for local charity

    Sunday, 21st October 2012 2875 views

  153. Portland Business Recovery shortlisted for award

    Wednesday, 12th September 2012 2643 views

  154. Portland LDC launch cash flow guides

    Thursday, 6th September 2012 40837 views

  155. Portland launches QuickCapital at successful seminar!

    Thursday, 12th July 2012 2080 views

  156. Rising cost of food and fuel are the cause of financial struggles leading up to payday

    Wednesday, 13th June 2012 2292 views

  157. Sky’s the limit after Portland Senior Manager’s exam success

    Wednesday, 4th April 2012 2343 views

  158. Budget 2012 – who are the winners and losers and will it make a difference?

    Friday, 23rd March 2012 1994 views

  159. ‘Views from the Outlook’ by Robert May - HM Revenue & Customs and Bonds

    Wednesday, 8th February 2012 3706 views

  160. ‘Views from the Outlook’ by Robert May - Credit Crunch 2 (A LIBOR Story)

    Friday, 13th January 2012 2006 views

  161. To liquidate or not to liquidate, that is the question…

    Monday, 9th January 2012 2507 views

  162. Goodwill of long running trailer company lives on

    Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 3418 views

  163. ‘Views from the Outlook’ by Robert May - Merry Christmas…..but maybe not such a good New Year

    Friday, 9th December 2011 1951 views

  164. A hypnotic night of fun, laughter and entertainment

    Friday, 2nd December 2011 2298 views

  165. Portland – helping the next generation understand money

    Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 2089 views

  166. Portland Senior Manager helps raise £3,000 for Leukaemia Busters

    Tuesday, 8th November 2011 2176 views

  167. ‘Views from the Outlook’ by Robert May - HM Revenue & Customs and payment plan problems

    Friday, 28th October 2011 1754 views

  168. Portland assist in the sale of W Churches & Son Limited and save 60 jobs

    Thursday, 22nd September 2011 1830 views

  169. Carl Faulds’ insolvency article for 200,000 members of FSB

    Monday, 19th September 2011 2069 views

  170. Portland successfully negotiate sale of Comrades and save a piece of history

    Monday, 1st August 2011 4292 views

  171. Just one Cornetto - Portland successfully sell well known ice cream business Loseley Dairy Ice Cream

    Thursday, 16th June 2011 2478 views

  172. Portland Business Recovery to remain Independent

    Wednesday, 9th March 2011 2423 views

  173. Portland survey results are in, and they are overwhelmingly encouraging

    Thursday, 3rd March 2011 1606 views

  174. The negative value of credit searches

    Wednesday, 16th February 2011 2092 views

  175. IPA annual conference: 50 years on

    Tuesday, 8th February 2011 2229 views

  176. Difficult times ahead for retail industry

    Tuesday, 1st February 2011 1721 views

  177. Portland presidential dinner hailed a success

    Wednesday, 24th November 2010 2194 views

  178. £6.8bn Time To Pay arrangements granted

    Friday, 29th October 2010 2227 views

  179. IPA to be closer to members in roadshow

    Friday, 22nd October 2010 2585 views

  180. IPA licensed insolvency practitioners reaches 500

    Friday, 22nd October 2010 2165 views

  181. Portland Celebratory Dinner

    Friday, 22nd October 2010 2062 views

  182. Treasury reveals £7bn clampdown on tax dodgers

    Friday, 24th September 2010 183768 views

  183. HMRC stance on Time to Pay scheme may force UK economy into a double-dip recession

    Friday, 24th September 2010 1651 views

  184. Rising from the ashes – the reuse of a company’s name or trading style

    Wednesday, 18th March 2009 1843 views

  185. Recovery or rip-off?

    Wednesday, 18th March 2009 1929 views

  186. 50 jobs saved in sale of West Sussex security business

    Friday, 9th May 2008 1720 views

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