Do you ever find it difficult to get paid on time? Have you ever put off taking action about a debt because you were unsure how to handle it? Have you ever ended up writing off a bad debt? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then taking action now before these incidences snowball, could help to protect your cash flow and your business.
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Tough new rules, first introduced by the Cabinet Office in November 2018, have come into force this month. The new rules mean that all government suppliers must pay 95% of their invoices within 60 days or run the risk of being excluded from the opportunity to bid for lucrative, taxpayer-funded government contracts. Federation of Small […]
There will be a government consultation on strengthening the powers given to the Small Business Commissioner to hold firms to account should larger companies fail to make their payments on time. What these powers would be is not certain, but they could include enforcing binding payment plans or imposing financial penalties on businesses found to have unfair payment practices.
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“For many small businesses, the difference between getting paid in 60 days and 90 days can be vital. Cashflow problems due to late payments are a real problem for SMEs in this country and with first quarter figures showing a rise in insolvency among smaller businesses, it is an issue that needs to be robustly addressed.
Unfortunately, the situation for many SMEs is that late payment of invoices can be the difference between staying in business or going under. Cash flow is the number one cause for businesses to fail and repeatedly late payment is a contributing factor to this.
Building a strong workforce and ensuring continuity in your service or product is key for any business and one of the best ways to guarantee that service doesn’t suffer is to use a reliable temp agency. 20% of companies now report that they are using temp agencies; their expertise and experience allows them to spot quality candidates and weed out the unreliable to provide you with the flexibility that is necessary in order to run your business effectively. The agency will do the work of screening the candidates and ensuring only those who can fulfil the role are sent.
Many sole traders and small businesses are unwilling to chase bad debt.
Research has shown that many of these are hesitant about doing so because of how awkward or uncomfortable it makes them feel. Others do not pursue what they are owed for fear of antagonising or alienating a customer who they want to keep. Even if these businesses have started trying to recover the money 3 in 10 will simply give up before they have their money.