Tues 31 Jan 2023 11:00am UK time

• We talk a lot about progress, growth and expansion…
• But on the other end of the scale, insolvency can quickly become a huge issue for agency leaders, one that doesn’t just affect the business.
• We’ll be hearing from Richard Bundock about his experience of almost going insolvent. He’ll be joined by Kevin Pritchard, a business rescue specialist, to tell you how you can move through insolvency – as well as avoid it altogether.

Richard Bundock almost went insolvent in 2013

While many are talking about growth and expansion this year, there’s also a silent danger lurking in the shadows: insolvency.

Richard Bundock almost went insolvent in 2013 – and he wants to make sure other agency leaders don’t find themselves in the same position.

“I got into real trouble. We even owed money to our accountants,” says the group CEO of Cohaesus. “I just remember being so stressed and wanting it all to go away.”

Richard sought advice from an insolvency practitioner but instead decided to take action into his own hands and turn his business around.

“I managed to exit one of the directors who was costing a lot of money but not actually delivering anything. We cut a lot of overheads and tried to bring more money in than was going on out. It was very, very painful.”

In 2020, Cohaesus became a group and has since gone on to help other agencies move through and past insolvency.

For Kevin Pritchard, a business rescue specialist, it’s about business turnaround rather than business demise.

“When your agency is in trouble, ensuring you secure the business to trade on without exposing yourself to allegations of misconduct is a minefield that agency leaders and directors usually have little to no understanding of,” says Kevin.

There are several things agency leaders can do to move through insolvency – without sacrificing their business or their own finances.

However, there are several things agency leaders can do to move through insolvency – without losing their business or compromising their personal and family finances.

  • Overcoming the personal embarrassment of insolvency and asking for help. This is the first step to avoiding reckless and unrecoverable decisions.
  • Have a plan. Hope for the best but plan for the worst. Agency leaders often recognise the risks and implications of decisions they have made – often with the best intentions – once it is too late.
  • Knowing where to go to ask for the right help. Insolvency practitioners are essential in securing a successful outcome from insolvency and a business turnaround.
  • Figuring out how to turn your business around. Look at all your options, whether that’s a more creative cash flow solution, merging or investment.

Insolvency is more than just a business potentially going under – it’s on the shoulders of the owner or founder too, which can become very isolating.

“We call this the four o’clock in the morning moment,” says Kevin. “It doesn’t matter how professional or strong you are during the day. When you have stuff on your plate, you wake up at 4am, staring at the ceiling, thinking about what it means for you.”

“It becomes very debilitating, anxious and stressful. It’s a vicious circle that can be avoided.”

If you’re concerned about insolvency, or you want to know what red flags to look out for down the line to avoid it altogether, join Richard and Kevin to candidly talk it through.