FSB weighs in to late payments row

The Federation of Small Businesses has heavily criticised big companies for
making their suppliers wait up to 105 days for payment.

The trade body became the latest organisation to pan big companies for
holding out on their suppliers and also demanding discounts when they paid in a
timely fashion.

John Wright, FSB National Chairman, said: ‘Making small businesses wait 105
days for payment and charging them for the privilege of doing so is nothing
short of outrageous.’

Alliance Boots was singled out
after it informed suppliers that they may have to wait 75 days
after an invoice comes up for payment to get their money.

Wright added: ‘At a time when small businesses are finding it difficult to
deal with a slowing economy and rising costs, it is shocking that large
companies think it is acceptable to use them as an unofficial source of credit.’

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