Data shows Newcastle company insolvencies rise by 60% in four years following Covid and cost of living

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The data compares numbers from 2019 to 2022.

Around eight out of ten UK local authorities saw an increase in company insolvencies last year compared to the year prior to the pandemic.

Analysis of insolvency data shows the worst affected areas saw the number of firms winding up rise five-fold in 2022 compared to 2019.

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The withdrawal of government support and soaring energy costs have been blamed for the rise, with retail and construction the hardest hit industries.

Data shows Newcastle company insolvencies rise by 60% in three years following Covid and cost of living. Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty ImagesData shows Newcastle company insolvencies rise by 60% in three years following Covid and cost of living. Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images
Data shows Newcastle company insolvencies rise by 60% in three years following Covid and cost of living. Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images

Locally, company insolvencies have risen by 60% across Newcastle with 110 registered companies announcing liquidation in 2019 compared to 176 in 2022.

Official data shows 92 companies stopped operating in 2020 while 115 came to an end in 2021 and 176 closed in 2022, totalling 493 in total.

In comparison, a total of 74 companies were lost in Sunderland and a huge 210 businesses shut down across North Tyneside. The same time frame saw 63 South Tyneside businesses stop trading, equating to a 118% rise in insolvencies.

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The data shows a total of 47,546 registered companies were lost from 2019 until 2022 with last year seeing the biggest number of places come to an end with 16,627.

Out of the 221 upper-tier local authorities some 187 authorities saw a rise in liquidations while only 29 saw a fall. Five saw liquidations stay the same over the four year spell.

The council areas to see the largest proportional rise in liquidations in England covered a range of geographical areas, although five of the top ten areas were on the outskirts of London or in surrounding counties. These were Havering, Southend, Harrow, Tower Hamlets and Bromley.