Construction Companies Withhold £1 Billion in Payments to Suppliers

Posted: Friday, 17 October 2008 @ 13:32
Construction Companies Withhold £1 Billion in Payments to Suppliers

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Construction companies withhold £1 billion in payments to suppliers. That's according to the National Specialist Construction Council (NSCC) which calculates that the amount of money owing to suppliers by construction companies is now 50% more than two years ago.

Just 15 percent of the NSCC's members are paid within 30 days of completing a job. The average is about 60 days while Carillion Plc, averages 86 days.

At a time when managing cashflow is more important than ever, small and medium sized businesses often find themselves at a disadvantage when owed money by larger companies.

The sad fact is that suppliers who chase for payment themselves are likely to be ignored.  If you want to put yourself at the head of the queue for payment, then it is important to have a good procedure for avoiding bad debts.

Steve Petty, Commercial Property Lawyer

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