What is a floating charge?
Definition of floating charge
Once the fixed charge holders have been paid from the sales of the specific assets that the fixed charges relate to, the holders of floating charges may then take what they are due from the sale of the rest of the business's assets.
Floating charge holders will be paid before 'unsecured creditors', that is creditors who have neither fixed nor floating charges over a business's assets. HMRC is an unsecured creditor.