The first step in crisis identification comes when the economic operator notices an issue.
However, this awareness is not enough: sometimes, during this stage, referred to as the potential phase, problems are perceived as normal aspects of functioning on the market. You may have seen companies that were not surprised by relative cost increases, by the fact that the scale of new projects had to be reduced, and by the constantly growing debt towards contracting parties. Unless early warning systems are in place, this situation may look “normal”.
Visible symptoms do not appear until the hidden phase, which is the one when the crisis becomes evident, despite its name.
These symptoms are the following:
- larger number of payment requests,
- frequent changes of suppliers,
- no possibility of benefiting from discounts,
- increasingly frequent payment past the due date,
- extension of credit facilities,
- increase in the use of promissory notes,
- increase in debt without sufficient justification,
- delays in the transmission of financial data.
These are only some of the symptoms that suggest that the situation of the company’s finances is critical. The next stage involves debt collection, litigation and enforcement proceedings. This is no longer a mere ailment, but a serious condition, and it clearly distorts normal business. Access to external financing which the company many need to thrive on the market is sometimes blocked as a result.
The symptoms described above concern only crises in the field of company finances. Crisis situations (also in the financial sphere) result from crises in the area of management, including HR management, sales, organisation, and investments. All this eventually contributes to a critical situation in the area finances, leading to the company’s collapse.
Fundamental help in a crisis situation involves:
- identifying the emergency areas,
- assessing and determining the causes of the crisis,
- studying the intensity of the symptoms,
- analysing the impact of the crisis on the business environment.
The business strategy that has led to the crisis situation needs to be determined, and every area within the company that may potentially be generating problems should undergo in-depth analysis.
At the same time, we make rapid, careful and informed decisions to prevent the crisis from escalating. The first step consists in bringing order to the company’s situation and includes negotiations with creditors and financial institutions, as well as legal support. Apart from reacting to the current situation, the company’s potential needs to be employed, and resources have to be optimised to resolve issues related to the future.
Simply speaking, we prepare a plan to combat the crisis, which is described in a nutshell below:
- diagnosing the causes of the crisis,
- analysing the symptoms and the risks,
- implementing effective solutions.
The programme consists essentially in:
- finding methods of remedying the effects of the crisis,
- restoring the business to normal operation.
We can help by following the assumptions presented above, provided that the company in crisis cooperates with us to the full extent.
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