18 More Businesses Penalised for Late Payment
Eighteen companies, including BT, British American Tobacco and Centrica have been suspended from the UK's Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time - with Atos IT Services UK re-instated after demonstrating it is meeting its commitments, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) announced today.
Screwfix, Prudential, and various businesses of BAE Systems are also among those that have failed to honour their Code commitment to pay 95% of all supplier invoices within 60 days. The Code is administered by the CICM on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Signatories pledge to uphold its best practice for payment standards to end the culture of late payment.
The full list of companies suspended or removed from the Code, includes:
Suspended with action plan received (or committed)
Severfield (Design & Build) Ltd
Stantec UK Limited
British American Tobacco (Holdings) Limited
Galliford Try PLC
Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited
BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Limited
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited
BAE Systems (Oman) Limited
Maintenance Management Limited
Fujitsu Services Limited
De La Rue Holdings plc
Domino UK Ltd
Suspended with no action plan yet received
AB World Foods
The Prompt Payment Code’s Compliance Board which is chaired by CICM Chief Executive, Philip King, includes the UK's Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal and regularly reviews the status of organisations to ensure they are upholding their commitments. Businesses suspended from the Code are invited to produce an action plan that leads to a substantial improvement in payment performance and are reinstated to the Code as soon as they demonstrate compliance.
Commenting on the suspensions, King, said:
“We will continue to challenge signatories to the Code if the obligatory Payment Practice Reporting data suggests that their practices are not compliant. We are encouraged that of the 18 who have been suspended or removed today, all but one has already submitted action plans to achieve future compliance, and we are working closely with those businesses to support a better payment culture.”
Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal, added:
"Large companies who are not currently meeting the Code Standards need to note their unethical payment practices will not be tolerated. The suspension of those who are failing to meet their obligations demonstrates Government is committed to ensure small businesses are treated fairly."
Small Business Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, also added:
“As a former small business owner I know how damaging late payments can be. Although the vast majority of businesses pay their bills on time, we recently announced ambitious new measures to level the playing field for small businesses as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. These include plans to hold company boards accountable for payment practices and proposed new powers for the Small Business Commissioner to tackle late payments through fines and binding payment plans.”
Finally, UK Cabinet Office Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said:
"Paying invoices promptly is vital, particular for smaller businesses, who are the backbone of the UK economy. So I hope that the companies who have been suspended from the code will now get their act together and work hard to improve their performance.
"From September 1st, 2019, any supplier who bids for a government contract above £5m per annum will be expected to answer questions about their payment practices and performance. If they are unable to demonstrate that they are paying 95% of invoices within 60 days, they may be excluded from the process.