The table below provides the total number of company liquidations in the United Kingdom in 2007 and 2008.
2007 2008 England and Wales 12,507 15,535 Scotland 539 524 Northern Ireland 164 209 United Kingdom 13,210 16,268
England and Wales
1) These figures comprise compulsory liquidations (an order obtained from the court by a creditor, shareholder or director) and creditors’ voluntary liquidations (whereby a resolution is passed, subject to the approval of a creditors' meeting that the company be wound up voluntarily).
2) Other corporate insolvency procedures such as administration, receivership and company voluntary arrangements are not included in these figures. These procedures are aimed at business rescue and hence may not result in ultimate business failure.