- 38% higher than in the same month in the previous year (1,410 in October 2021), and
- 32% higher than the number registered three years previously (pre-pandemic; 1,477 in October 2019).
There were 242 compulsory liquidations in October 2022, more than 4 times as many as in October 2021 and 2% higher than in October 2019. Numbers of compulsory liquidations have increased from historical lows seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, partly as a result of an increase in winding-up petitions presented by HMRC. October 2022 was the first time that the number of compulsory liquidations was similar to the pre-pandemic comparison month. This was partly caused by a large number of petitions from a single bank, which accounted for 45 of the compulsory liquidations in this month.
In October 2022 there were 1,594 Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations (CVLs), 28% higher than in October 2021 and 53% higher than October 2019. Numbers of administrations and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) remained lower than before the pandemic.