Late paying has been the norm in business for a long time, and when massive companies like Tesco boast about how they paid everybody late, and by doing so generated enough money to build a store outright, which is great news for Tesco, but what about the smaller companies that relied on the payments?
A new late-payment law came into force during March 2013, which means that companies that don’t pay their suppliers on time will get charged interest and will be subjected to pay all costs for the debt recovery, which have been incurred by the supplier.
A lot of companies pay as late as they can to help combat cash flow issues and a new EU directive is targeting late payment in commercial transactions, which have been put in place to make it easier for the supplier to pursue the company paying late in a bid to clamp down the culture of late paying.
Under the new legislation, public authorities must pay for the goods and services that they use within 30 days, and if they fail to do this, they will automatically get charged 8% interest above the Bank of England’s base Rate. Then normal businesses must now pay their suppliers within 60 days unless it has been agreed otherwise in a contract, and if they do not pay they will also have the right to charge 8% above the Bank of England’s base rate.
This is great news for the industry as I know from a lot of chatter on The Plasterers Forum that they are fed up with waiting to get paid, and I also know a lot of smaller businesses that have gone bust because they were not paid on time and the secret to running a successful business is making sure you have a good cash flow. If everybody is paying late, subsequently everybody will continue to pay late, which, then turns out to be a catch-22 situation.
I will be interested to see if this has helped anybody, so if you have a story then please contact us with your information.
I’m a social media manager, mostly for the plastering and construction industries and I was glad to read this post. My previous business as a magazine publisher was destroyed by Tesco. My magazines were sold in the store and I paid out thousands and thousands on printing and distribution to Tesco stores around the country and they sold well. Unfortunately, it took me more than a year to get any payment out of Tesco at all and so with no money coming back in, the business went bust as I could no longer afford printing.
They did pay eventually, but there was no way to find evidence of how many magazines were sold because their system was ‘broken’ so I had to guess what they owed me.
They ruined my business and I’m absolutely gutted to see that they built a new store out of their destruction of businesses like mine.
I’m so glad this new law will stop them.
Thanks for the article.