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Prompt payment to suppliers

The GBC requires organisations to sign the government’s Prompt Payment Code.

What it is

The Prompt Payment Code sets standards for payment practices and best practice and is administered by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  Compliance with the principles of the Code is monitored and enforced by the Prompt Payment Code Compliance Board. The Code covers prompt payment, as well as wider payment procedures.

Code signatories undertake to:

  • Pay suppliers on time
  • Give clear guidance to suppliers; and
  • Encourage good practice

Signatories undertake to pay suppliers with a maximum of 60 days and work towards adopting 30 days as the norm.  The Good Business Charter strongly recommends that members prioritise paying all suppliers within 30 days as standard practice.  

Why it matters

Paying promptly shows respect to your suppliers and treats them as you would wish to be treated.  It is particularly important where your suppliers are small businesses where late payment can be hugely damaging for them.  You could also benefit by receiving more favourable pricing or service which could make you more competitive.


You will be asked if you have signed the Prompt Payment Code and commit to its stated aim of working towards paying all suppliers within 30 days as the norm.  If you have not signed the Prompt Payment Code, you will be expected to do so within three months.

To apply to become a signatory of the Prompt Payment Code, see here:

Smaller organisations

For companies with up to 50 employees we have developed a streamlined version of the accreditation in collaboration with Federation of Small Businesses.  Please find more information about this and the questions you will be asked here:

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