What can your business do when supply chains come under pressure? 

Midlands-based accountancy firm and Escalate partner Dains is reporting considerable interest in dispute resolution from businesses at all stages of the automotive industry in the region. This is largely the result of the sector’s highly-publicised financial difficulties, which have caused cashflow problems and put pressure on supply chains and contracts. 

The sheer scale of the sector’s contribution to the UK economy and employment market – around £202bn annually, employing a combined workforce of 856,000 people – demonstrates the importance of the industry and how cashflow is the lifeblood for many of the companies involved in this complex, time-sensitive supply chain. With every vehicle produced containing over 20,000 parts originating from many different suppliers, the supply chain can be a problem area where late payments put companies at risk, and bad debt issues arise.

Dain’s expertise in the sector enables it to recognise the particular challenges facing the car industry at the moment: the fall in the popularity for diesel cars has resulted in costly factory configuration changes, growing demand for electric cars has generated new investment challenges, and a decline in car sales in China has hampered many of the more premium brands and their suppliers. 

Manufacturers must also contend with the uncertainty caused by the political stalemate surrounding Brexit, as well as significant development costs and the supply chain issues that characterise the industry. Our conversations with clients suggest that this combination of factors is creating a cashflow squeeze for downstream companies. 

Escalate was developed to operate in circumstances just like those facing the automotive sector at present, whether your business is involved in supplying raw materials to the car industry, or R&D, logistics, freight and shipping, retail and distribution, motorsport, and the crucial aftermarkets of car finance, insurance, fuel and maintenance.

Escalate prioritises cashflow by focussing on a quick settlement and removing financial risks and upfront costs. There are no restrictions on the types of cases we tackle – bad debt, contractual, negligence, IP infringement etc – and, importantly, we can revisit disputes that are up to three years old. 

If your manufacturing business is involved in a commercial dispute or you are unable to recover bad debts, please contact us to find out how we can help. 

Many businesses are in need of a clever solution to help improve their cashflow. Our clients recognise the important role that Escalate can play in unlocking cash that’s tied up in commercial disputes and bad debts. 

Richard McNeilly, Managing Partner of Dains 

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