Insolvency options for limited companies

If your company is unable to pay its debts, you should take financial and legal advice. There are several options for limited companies, including:

  • Informal arrangements
  • Informal 'family' arrangements
  • Company voluntary arrangements
  • Administration

Informal arrangements

Involves writing to all your creditors to see if an acceptable agreement can be reached. It is advisable to include a timetable of when payments will be made.

Informal 'family' arrangements

Where family and friends may be prepared to give or loan cash or provide guarantees to help in the short term. Creditors may be prepared to agree to this.

Company voluntary arrangements

This is a formal version of the informal arrangement. The company directors need to apply to the court with the help of an authorised insolvency practitioner (IP). The IP supervises a meeting with creditors to agree a repayment plan which must be adhered to.


If you are advised by your accountant or solicitor that no arrangement or period of administration is likely to save your company, then you or your creditors may propose liquidation.