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Fair Pay Fair Play

It doesn’t matter if you are an employee, a small business owner or self-employed, everyone deserves to be paid on time.

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

What are we asking for?

We have a three point plan that we think will make a big difference in the fight to tackle poor payment practices.


Adopt Project Bank Accounts

Project Bank Accounts should be adopted as the truly default choice for major procurement projects, with proper parliamentary oversight to ensure accountability. For any major construction project, a ministerial statement should be made to Parliament if project bank accounts are not used.


Assign directors responsibility to prevent late payment

Large businesses should be required to assign a Non-Executive Director responsibility for payment practice and supplier relationships, by chairing a Supply Chain Committee or include supplier relationships in chairing the Audit Committee, and be required to provide a summary of their activity.


Strengthen payment enforcement

Government should fine companies that fail to provide or provide incomplete Duty to Report on payment practices data. The Small Business Commissioner should have the ability to undertake mystery shopper style investigations into the payment practices of large firms including verifying duty to report on payment practice data and investigating supply chain bullying.

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. 

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Further reading

If you're already facing problems with late payments, the resources below can help.

Late payments and what you can do about them
Article Mon, 18 February 2019

Late payments and what you can do about them

Steps you can take to claim late payments and discourage it from happening again.

How to avoid late payments
Article Mon, 18 February 2019

How to avoid late payments

One major cause of headaches, for both businesses and individuals, is when customers, clients, or others refuse to pay money they owe.

Dealing with late payments
Article Mon, 18 February 2019

Dealing with late payments

Steps to take when late payment becomes an issue for your small business




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