Small businesses which are feeling the pinch from the cash flow impact of Covid are set to receive more help from the government on dealing with late payments.
It has launched a consultation until 24 December 2020 on beefing up the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to resolve late payment issues.
The Office of the Small Business Commissioner was established in 2017 to address the issue of late payments.
Currently £23.4 billion worth of late invoices are owed to small firms across Britain, impacting on businesses’ cash flow and ultimate survival.
The proposals put forward look to give new powers to the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) including:
A better payment culture will help small businesses to succeed.
According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), around 50,000 small companies close each year due to late payments.
With many UK businesses feeling the impact of coronavirus, late payment is an urgent issue.
The consultation opens today and will run until 24 December 2020. Businesses are invited to share their views here.
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