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UK and International Business Debt Recovery – What we do

Sterling Debt Recovery specialises in business to business debt collection and debt litigation to get outstanding invoices paid as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. We employ intelligent, enthusiastic collectors to achieve results and maintain a professional image for our business and that of our clients.

  • No win – no fee collection.
  • No up front charges.
  • Free service. Our fees can be passed on to your debtor in the majority of cases.
  • Personal service and regular updates from your named debt collector.
  • Collected cash is transferred to your account quickly by bank transfer.
  • The majority of debts collected without the need for legal action.
  • Low solicitors charges and fixed fee litigation in some cases.

We are committed to developing long-standing partnerships with our clients, with our service focused on getting the most profitable outcome for you in each case we deal with. Our unique structure means that we are able to collect the majority of debts without the need for legal action, and where litigation is necessary we are able to act in a far more objective and cost effective manner than traditional law firms. See more information :

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November

HIRABL closes for business, Sterling develops their own backdoor hire discovery system.

  • November 24, 2017
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After 4 years of promotion HIRABL was well known in the recruitment sector, however the business has now closed with CEO Nick Ellis stating “Monitoring for backdoor… Read More

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November

A Quick Turnaround – Recruitment Debt Success Story

  • November 10, 2017
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Our client, a large recruitment consultancy firm, had spent months chasing payment from a debtor who had made it clear they had no intention of paying what… Read More

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November

Bank of England raises interest rate to 0.5%

  • November 02, 2017
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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sets monetary policy to meet the 2% inflation target, and in a way that helps to sustain growth and… Read More

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October

Small business commissioner – Late payment Tsar appointed

  • October 03, 2017
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The appointment of the father-of-three from Birmingham marks an important step toward ensuring small businesses have the support they need to thrive and grow – a central… Read More

01
October

Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims

  • October 01, 2017
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Aims of the protocol and who it applies to: On 1st October 2017 it became a requirement for any business including sole traders and public bodies, to… Read More

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July

The use of well managed outsourced credit control maintains cash flow and reduces the need for debt recovery

  • July 20, 2017
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The service is carried out entirely in your brand by your named experienced credit controller(s). Whilst many of our competitors use remote workers, all of Sterling’s staff… Read More

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June

Meet us at the Recruitment Agency Expo – 2017 – Birmingham 4th – 5th October

  • June 22, 2017
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We look forward to meeting our existing clients, and anyone who has an interest in discussing how we can assist their business. Please use our contact us… Read More

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June

Duty To Report – tackling late payment

  • June 16, 2017
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We can assist you collecting late payments from your clients, the penalties which the debtors may incur should deter them from doing so again. Don’t leave late payment… Read More

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March

Scale-Up Taskforce to identify barriers to small business growth is launched

  • March 28, 2017
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A ‘scale-up’ is an enterprise that is experiencing significant growth rates in employees and turnover, over a number of years. By examining scale-ups, the taskforce’s aim is… Read More

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January

Sterling have been providing service to a London based Insurance broker firm since 2015 and can tailor a programme to suit your precise business needs too.

  • January 18, 2017
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Working capital optimisation continues to be a top priority for insurance brokers. Finance executives aim to bring down SG&A costs, thereby reducing the cost of processing per… Read More

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November

Sterling become Approved Suppliers to The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (arc)

  • November 18, 2016
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ARC – The Association of Recruitment Consultancies has approved Sterling as a supplier. Sterling work on a no-win, no-fee basis with no up-front charges. In the majority… Read More

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October

British SMEs are owed more than £586billion in outstanding invoices

  • October 25, 2016
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The following is an excerpt from a recent report published by Lloyds. Whilst there are an array of invoice financing options open to businesses, they are at… Read More

03
October

Small Business Minister & Prompt Payment

  • October 03, 2016
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New measures to support the Prompt Payment Code have been confirmed. New measures to support the Prompt Payment Code have been confirmed in a letter sent to… Read More

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August

Businesses and individuals seeking money owed to them are being priced out of court

  • August 25, 2016
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Businesses and individuals are being priced out of court, warns the Bar Council, as figures from the Registry Trust show a 19 per cent drop in county… Read More

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August

Late payment and other business failures cause over 1-in-5 corporate insolvencies

  • August 23, 2016
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At least one fifth of UK corporate insolvencies in the past year were caused by late payment or the insolvency of another company, according to new research… Read More

03
August

Old debt – Enforcing a judgment.

  • August 03, 2016
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Old debt – Enforcing a judgment, unlocking cash. Following the successful collection of a recent debt for a new client of ours, they then dug out details of… Read More

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August

‘The first priority…..tackle late payments’

  • August 03, 2016
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“The first priority in her ministerial in-tray must be to establish the small business commissioner to tackle late payments, and to work with the Treasury on how… Read More

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May

Recruitment Consultancy Debt

  • May 13, 2016
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Short look into a recent recruitment consultancy debt successfully collected for our client. An attempt to get out of a clearly undisputable Permanent Placement Fee went sour… Read More

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May

Enterprise Act becomes law, but when will it really help small firms resolve issues such as late payment?

  • May 06, 2016
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The Enterprise Act includes measures to: – establish a Small Business Commissioner to help small firms resolve issues such as late payment – include the actions of… Read More

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April

Bankruptcy applications move online from April 2016

  • April 01, 2016
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Cheaper and speedier online applications for bankruptcy will be introduced in April as part of the Government’s drive to improve access to public services. From 6 April… Read More

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March

Outsourced Credit Control with Sterling Credit Management

  • March 21, 2016
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Outsourced Credit Control Our outsourced credit control service has been re-branded. We are happy to invite you to our new credit control website providing information to any SME… Read More

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February

Online Court for claims up to £25,000

  • February 25, 2016
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In a press summary published at www.judiciary.gov.uk refering to online court claims, the following statement was made.   There is a clear and pressing need to create… Read More

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February

Recoverable costs to be fixed?

  • February 12, 2016
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Bar Council Chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has responded to Lord Justice Jackson’s speech on 28 January 2016 to the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association, Fixed Costs – The Time… Read More

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January

Business translation debt.

  • January 21, 2016
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Translation debt testimonial: One of Sterling’s long term client’s comments below on how money is effectively collected on their behalf for a translation debt owed by their… Read More

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January

How a growing business benefits from outsourced credit control

  • January 14, 2016
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Credit Control Solutions for Every Business Requirement: Challenged with fast business and customer growth, we were approached by this medium sized UK manufacturer with their business needs…. Read More

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January

Insolvency debt collection

  • January 06, 2016
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Insolvency Practitioners and debt collection. Resource and experience are available to undertake a range of investigations. Sterling work with Insolvency Practitioners to value sales ledgers and to… Read More

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December

Recruitment sector client – back door placement dispute

  • December 07, 2015
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Settlement increased from 50% to 85% of invoice value. Whilst we’d love to write about all our 100%+ win success stories, some of the others can still… Read More

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December

Paying for late payment

  • December 04, 2015
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Leading Computer Software Developer – UK Our client, a supplier of computer software systems provided solutions to a prestigious retailer in London who delayed payment time and… Read More

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November

UK top 100 accounting firm’s customer who stopped paying on time

  • November 18, 2015
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Interesting collection history from one of the recent successful debts collected by Sterling. One of our long term clients, a top UK accountancy firm, passed us a… Read More

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October

Recruitment debt recovery case history

  • October 15, 2015
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If you are offered a discount for early payment, don’t expect the discount when you pay late! One of our regular recruitment sector clients contacted us with… Read More

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October

Waste sector – Business debt recovery.

  • October 15, 2015
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Waste sector – Business debt recovery. Our client who operates in the environmental and industrial waste sector had completed a job where they were instructed to remove… Read More

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October

Latest Recruitment Sector Debt Recovered

  • October 06, 2015
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Recruitment Sector Debt – Collected! This recruitment sector debt collection success began when our client contacted us having suffered two of their staff being ‘poached’ by a… Read More

02
October

Warning to SME’s chasing late payments

  • October 02, 2015
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SMEs will be disadvantaged in chasing late payments from big business customers the Bar Council has warned. Wealthy individuals and big business will have the upper hand in… Read More

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September

UK Top 100 Accountancy firms

  • September 23, 2015
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Sterling provides debt collection service to several UK Top 100 Accountancy firms. Recent success story from the accountancy sector: We received the debt this month from our… Read More

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September

Small Claims Court success

  • September 11, 2015
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Small Claims Court: A Small Claims Court success for our client who performed plumbing works for a large chain restaurant, which subsequently refused to pay on the… Read More

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October

The Jackson Reforms

  • October 05, 2013
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The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013, otherwise known as ‘The Jackson Reforms’, come into force in England and Wales on 1 April 2013. One of the key… Read More

What our clients say

RECRUITMENT SECTOR CLIENT, LONDON, £12M T/O

Sterling have been able to collect from customers who we never thought would pay. They understand our business and our contractual terms so they can deal with our debtors in a professional and knowledgeable way.

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Printing firm, Watford, £2m t/o

Within the first month of service Sterling Debt Recovery had recovered debts which we had assumed would have to be written off. Their professionalism and dedication means that we can concentrate on growing the business knowing that Sterling will ensure our invoices are paid promptly

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