Insolvencies in UK building firms rise 20% after Carillion collapse – The Guardian

The collapse of construction group Carillion earlier this year triggered a 20% spike in the the number of UK building firms becoming insolvent, according to a report.

In a devastating knock-on effect for the sector, a total of 780 companies in the industry fell into insolvency in the first quarter of 2018 a one-fifth rise on the same period the previous year the analysis by accountancy firm Moore Stephens revealed. In total there were 2,764 insolvency casualties among building firms in the 2017-18 financial year, up by 6% on the previous 12 months.

Carillion filed for bankruptcy in January after its stock market value slumped 90% on the news it had racked up debts of about 1bn and was struggling to fill a 600m hole in its pension fund…

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