State cuts to hit 50,000 firms

More than 100,000 companies in Britain are in financial distress, with a combined debt pile of £58bn, according to insolvency group Begbies Traynor. The company’s Red Flag Alert report on troubled companies said around 50,000 business are likely to be hit by the government’s looming spending cuts. The report said construction, IT, recruitment and advertising sectors were most vulnerable as the austerity measures start to bite.