Beware the Lazarus debt collectors: they’re back and trying to rip you off

They are back: the Lazarus debt collectors who fleece unsuspecting clients who believe they will recoup bad debts. The conmen go through the Official Receiver’s lists of creditors owed money when a company goes bust and then approach a creditor to promise they can recover all their money – for a fee.

Runners and Riders list: firms who have hit the buffers

ICSM's list of print (or print related) firms who have hit the buffers is of interest to those in the business. It shows the range of companies that go to the wall as well as flagging up names across the country who have problems. To protect your company from a bad debt join ICSM as our intelligence network through our members acts as an early warning system.

A very unusual company name (perhaps someone fell asleep on their keyboard)

There have been some unusual names listed at Companies House over the years but we did have a chuckle at this one when it was flagged up.



Printers take a hit as Jamie Oliver Italian Restaurants close

A dozen Jamie Oliver Italian Restaurants are closing down after the business went into administration with debts of almost £10m.

The news has left a number of print industry companies as unsecured creditors including ABC Imaging UK, KD Media publishing, KK Balers, Harper Collins Publishers and Haymarket Media.

More than a quarter century of policing late payers

With the numbers of print firms offering 90 to 120 days credit and more to large clients it is no surprise that every now and then they take a hit. And one bad debt can send them down. The excuse of ‘the cheque is in the post’ is still alive and well despite the fact many businesses don’t even own a cheque book.

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