Tax & admin · 28 July 2015

Over two thirds of small businesses want stricter terms to tackle late payments

Sage has launched a Late Payments Manifesto as a "rallying call" to business owners
Sage has launched a Late Payments Manifesto as a “rallying call” to business owners
New research from Sage found that more than two thirds of firms (68 per cent) were waiting 60 days for payment, and over half were waiting longer than 90 days. This follows the government’s announcement of a small business commissioner in an effort to help address the issue of late payments.

Of 368 surveyed, 70 per cent of small firm owners believe that making bigger companies commit to 30 day payments could help and would have a positive impact on their success. Some 28 per cent believe it would have a significant transformative effect on their business.

Sage has launched a Late Payments Manifesto and e-petition aiming to ‘serve as a rallying call to business owners? and give a voice to the millions of firms? that are impacted by late payments each year.The government has invited businesses to have their say on the role of the commissioner and voice what they’ve found the most significant problems so far.

The software company’s campaign centres around the belief that businesses should adhere to 30 day payment terms, which Sage has introduced for all suppliers in the UK.

Brendan Flattery, president, Europe at Sage, said: We welcome the news that the government has appointed a small business commissioner. The UK small business sector is vibrant, but always under pressure. One of the biggest threats is late payments.

He added that this not only puts a business’ survival in doubt it impedes growth by making it difficult to take advantage when things pick up. Productivity also takes a hit as firms are forced to ‘spend hundreds of hours every year chasing late payments.

If successful at tackling the late payment culture, the new commissioner will do some real good for the cash flow of the UK’s 5.2m small businesses, and in turn, the wider economy, Flattery believes.



Rebecca is a reporter for Business Advice. Prior to this, she worked with a range of tech, advertising, media and digital clients at Propeller PR and did freelance work for The Telegraph.

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