Business Debtline is calling for more support on late payments for those who are self-employed and small businesses.
The charity is run by the Money Advice Trust. It provides free, impartial and confidential advice on debts to small businesses and self-employed people.
The late payment of invoices is having a significant impact on the viability of these businesses. Research conducted for Business Debtline indicates the scale of the problem. The Taking Care of Business report shows that almost half of their callers (45%) had issues with late payers.
These late payments might not directly result in financial difficulties for a small business. However, they do cause cashflow issues and compound any existing debt problems.
Where small businesses are struggling with the late payment of invoices, they are increasingly using personal credit to pay invoices and other essential costs. According to those surveyed by Business Debtline, 61% had used their own personal credit in the past two years to cover business items.
More support for small businesses
The recommendations from the charity include giving the Small Business Commissioner the ability to fine companies that persistently pay invoices late. They also want to see the role given a wider remit, which would cover public sector organisations.
Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs Business Debtline, said: “With small business ownership and self-employment continuing to grow and help drive the economy, it is only right that the people behind these enterprises are given the best opportunity to flourish.
“However, the recurring issue of late payments remains a barrier to many businesses succeeding. Our advisers hear first-hand the financial impact of late payments on businesses’ abilities to pay essential business costs such as business rates, energy bills and suppliers. This can create a domino effect where late-payment related problems cascade through the supply chain.
“The government’s focus in this area is welcome. It is now crucial that further steps are taken to improve payments culture, including giving the Small Business Commissioner the power to fine persistent late payers. We look forward to working with all those involved in this area to take forward these recommendations.”
Help with late payments
Where a business is having problems with late payers we can help. Our business to business debt recovery service is free to creditors, with no fees to pay. This applies to pre-judgement invoice debts sent to limited companies, PLCs and LLPs.
Often using a third-party debt recovery service is all it takes to push a debtor into paying their invoices. Doing so may also stop them from paying late in the future.
It is a quick and simple process, which takes away the hassle of chasing your unpaid invoices. We will do all the hard work for you and, where a County Court Judgement is required, can escalate the case.
Click here for more details on our debt recovery services. If you are having issues with the late payment of invoices contact us today on 0113 532 8350 to see how we can help.
Most private land owners or businesses don’t consider the impact of having travellers on their land until they turn up. Then it can bring up a whole host of problems and needs resolving quickly. There are measures you can take to evict travellers from private land.
Travellers on your land
When you have travellers arrive on your land it can cause a great deal of inconvenience for the business. Travellers will often set up on car parks, retail parks, green space and other large open areas.
Their presence can prevent employees from getting onto the site and customers being worried about using the facilities. Therefore, it is essential that you take swift and decisive action to remove them.
What to do when you have travellers on your land
The main thing to remember when travellers appear on your property is not to panic. There are quick and effective measures that you can take to remove the travellers. There’s no need to wait for court action.
If there are traveller caravans and other vehicles parked on your private land, such as car parks and fields, these can be evicted under the Common Law. You don’t have to obtain a Possession Order from the court.
With a quick call to The Bailiff Company you can evict travellers from your land without any hassle. We can even move them on the same day if required, so there’s no need to worry they’re going to be there for days.
Evict travellers from your land
Private land traveller evictions are carried out by our team of Certificated Enforcement Agents (bailiffs) who will move the travellers peacefully. They have a vast amount of experience of dealing with these situations and act in a professional manner.
Where necessary, we will liaise with the local police to provide assistance. Once the travellers have left, we can also discuss the ongoing security of the site to prevent a similar situation occurring in the future.
You can find out more about our nationwide traveller eviction service here or contact us today if you have an urgent requirement.
The Bailiff Company will be exhibiting at the 9th Annual Brand Yorkshire Business Conference on Thursday 4th October 2018. Come and visit us on stand 86.
The event, which is free for delegates, will take place at Pavilions of Harrogate from 8.30am – 4.30pm. To register for the conference in advance click here.
We can help businesses with a variety of issues. This includes collecting invoice debts, commercial rent recovery, lease forfeits and traveller evictions.
Come and speak to us on the day at Brand Yorkshire or contact us to find out more about our services.
A recent article in the Daily Express raised concerns about the use of ‘fake bailiffs’ removing travellers from private land. The issue was highlighted as a scam to con money out of private landowners.
For those who’ve never had to use bailiffs or Certificated Enforcement Agents before this article could be quite alarming. It may put them off taking their own action against travellers, which under Common Law can be a quick and effective method.
Using bailiffs to evict travellers
At The Bailiff Company we can be trusted to work on behalf of private landowners to remove travellers. We are a registered company, VAT registered and carry out traveller evictions for a range of national companies, as well as District and Local councils.
We employ Certificated Bailiffs, who are all fully trained in evictions. Many of them are ex Police Officers and have a good relationship with local police forces and gypsy liaison officers. They are all fully vetted before they start work.
When on site our staff all wear branded uniforms and conduct themselves in a professional manner. We would never take cash from clients for any type of work and all payments are made by BACS transfer.
If required we can move travellers on the same day and work under Common Law. This enables private landowners to do so without the need to go to court. However, if necessary we can also work using a Possession Order (High Court Writ).
There was also a concern in the Daily Express article that landowners were being forced into paying travellers large sums of money to leave. This would then be relayed to other travellers in the area and mean more groups would turn up on the land.
We would never recommend a client paid a group of travellers to leave their land, but we do know this can be a problem. We’ve heard of one landowner on the Wirral who paid travellers £15,000 to leave.
Across the country
The ‘fake bailiff’ scam has reportedly been operating in parts of Birmingham and Stoke, as well as areas of London. We have a specialist eviction team based in the West Midlands and North London who can attend to sites on the same day.
We can provide our services across the country and have a network of Certificated Enforcement Agents working for us.
When you instruct The Bailiff Company to remove travellers on your behalf you can rest assured that you are using a respected and trusted company. We understand all the correct legal processes and would not recommend anything illegal.
We are a recognised company through the CEAA (Civil Enforcement Agents Association). Our Managing Director, Eoin Hirst, is Chairman of the Northern Branch of CEAA.
Members of the association must hold a current Enforcement Agent Certificate in England & Wales under the Certification of Enforcement Agents Regulations 2014.
The association has a strict complaints procedure if a client has any issues about the work of an Enforcement Agent. You can find out more information about the CEAA here: www.ceaa.co.uk.
Any bailiff that we use must be a member of the CEAA, CIVEA (Civil Enforcement Association) or HCEOA (High Court Enforcement Officers Association). We would never use anyone that couldn’t produce any credentials.
You can find out more about how we can help you evict travellers from your land here.
If you want to discuss your requirements or have an urgent case that you need our assistance with please contact us.