Companies can cease trading for various reasons including a director’s retirement or ill health, ongoing financial problems, or simply because the company serves no further purpose.
When a business is profitable, ceasing to trade can be a precursor for closing down the company via dissolution or Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL). In an insolvent scenario, directors have a legal obligation to cease trading in accordance with insolvency laws.
When a company ceases to trade, business stops, employees can lose their jobs, and assets are sold.
If you’re owed money by a company that has ceased trading, initially you need to find out the circumstances in which the business has stopped trade. If it’s being dissolved, you should have been notified by the director(s) and can make a claim by providing proof of your debt. Trading may have ceased due to insolvency, however, in which case you should contact the office-holder to register as a creditor and make a claim for repayment.
For more information on the implications of a company ceasing to trade, call one of the team at Begbies Traynor. We offer free same-day consultations and will quickly assess your best options.