New late payment system to be unveiled this week to name and shame offenders

Federation of Small Businesses research shows that 50,000 UK firms cease trading every year because of the late payment crisis, costing the economy £2.5 billion.  

The Sunday Times* has reported that, in order to crack down on offenders, Paul Uppal, the UK’s small business commissioner, will this week unveil a new scheme where late payers, including repeat offenders as well as to those who don’t publish their payment terms, will be named and shamed using a traffic light warning system to identify them.  

The new system will enable suppliers to make a more informed decision as to whether they want to work with the red flagged companies or not.  

In December, it was reported that the cost to SMEs to collect late payments reached £6.7 billion in 2018, a 37 per cent increase on the previous year. 

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* Sunday Times, 6 January 2019: Traffic light system to identify firms on paying on time