ECA’s voice heard on SME payment review

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  Posted by: electime      14th December 2022

Leading electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA has welcomed the Government’s new review of payment practices for SMEs.

Announced by business Minister Grant Shapps on December 3rd, the Payment and Cash Flow review will scrutinise existing payment practices and the measures in place to make sure small firms are not let down by their larger clients.

The UK has 5.5 million small businesses, which are an integral part of the economy. At time of writing, over £23.4 billion is owed in outstanding invoices to UK businesses.

ECA Director of Legal and Business Rob Driscoll said:

“We applaud the Government’s reassurances and commitment to fairer payment practices for small businesses. The issue of late payment still looms large in the engineering services sector and continues to severely impact our Members’ cashflows, not to mention the devastating impact this can have on their mental health.

“We also welcome the concept of the Procurement Review Unit to build on the role of the Public Procurement Review Service in investigating procurement and payment abuse in the public sector.”

ECA also hailed the strengthening of the UK Procurement Bill, which makes 30-day payment an implied term for most public sector contracts. The Bill is currently being debated in Parliament.

Ahead of the review, ECA was one of six advisers to the Cabinet Office asked by Baroness Neville-Rolfe to a meeting on the fitness for purpose of the UK Procurement Bill after the recent changes in Government.