With construction industry late payments high on the government agenda, nine major construction firms have now committed to ensuring their suppliers are paid within 30 days with no retentions. These nine companies will reduce payment terms to 60 days with immediate effect, and 30 days from January 2018. They have also agreed not to delay or withhold payments and have guaranteed that all payments will be made electronically to ensure that they are instant. Could this spell the end of supplier late payment in the construction industry?

All those who have signed the charter have agreed to apply the fair payment commitments in dealings with their respective supply chains, to be independently monitored for the purpose of compliance and to consider the performance of their supply chain against KPIs when awarding future contracts. The government’s aim is to reduce late payment in the construction industry to support builders’ merchants and help them to grow their businesses and in turn support the economy, and larger construction companies are now realising the benefits of guaranteeing payments on time. The next step is to encourage more companies to do the same.

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