Poor payment practice is an epidemic plaguing far too many small businesses in the UK. The damaging impact of such practices was brutally exposed after the collapse of Carillion. Unreasonable payment terms, supply chain bullying and late payments are just some of the ways that some big businesses use their dominant position to squeeze suppliers.
Sadly, many small firms do not survive the crippling impact of this behaviour.
The Government has been proactive in attempting to stamp out the worst kind of poor payment practices but more must be done and it must be done now. We need stronger action to send a clear message that paying late and supply chain bullying are not okay.
Our three point plan hopes to achieve fair pay and fair play for small businesses and the self-employed. The reforms we are calling for are not be the silver bullet that will end poor payment practices tomorrow but they will certainly go a long way to stamping it out.
Latest campaign news
FSB scooped the award for Trade Body Campaign of the Year at the recent PRCA Public Affairs Awards with our Fair Pay, Fair Play" Campaign. The judges admired our “cross-party, evidence-based” campaign to tackle late payments, which engaged grassroots members.
You can find out more about the award and the other winners at the PRCA Website.
Support our campaign
We’re asking people to support our campaign by posting a 15-30 second video telling us why it’s such an important issue to you and why you're backing our campaign.
Don't want to record a video? No problem, take a selfie instead and post your photo and explaining why you're supporting the campaign.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FairPayFairPlay and include FSB’s handle @fsb_policy so we can share your posts.
Camera Shy? Download our campaign collateral to the right and share on social media to let people know you're supporting our campaign.Download the logo
Hear from our FSB members, they're in - are you? #FairPayFairPlay
If you're already facing problems with late payments, the resources below can help.
Steps you can take to claim late payments and discourage it from happening again.
One major cause of headaches, for both businesses and individuals, is when customers, clients, or others refuse to pay money they owe.
Steps to take when late payment becomes an issue for your small business