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Baches Solicitors LLP – Covid-19 Update

As at 24th March 2020

In accordance with the advice delivered by the UK Government, we have changed our working practices with immediate effect for our staff to work from home.

Our main concern in these unprecedented times is the well being of our staff, members, their families and our clients.

We would like to reassure all our clients that we are well prepared for the disruption the change in our working practice will cause and we remain open to assist all of our clients in this time of need. 

We can still be contacted on our main telephone line 0121 553 3286 or via email reception@baches.co.uk, where your enquiry will be redirected to the appropriate team for new enquiries or to the relevant fee earner for established clients who will then make contact with you.

Given the current circumstances, we would encourage clients to utilise email communication, wherever possible.

Our staff are available during their normal working hours, calls and enquiries will be managed during our usual office hours of 9am – 5pm.

We will continue to monitor this fast moving situation very closely and any further updates will be communicated via our website and social media platforms.

We thank our clients for their understanding in these difficult times and encourage you all to stay safe and healthy.

Heads above the parapet:

Heads above the parapet:

Dealing with late payments shouldn’t make or break a small business, now help is at hand via our free service!

 

It can be difficult for any business dealing with late payments and the impact this can have; worrying whether or not they’ll get the money through in time to pay staff’, or even their own suppliers. So, it’s incredible to believe that so many companies facing such problems are reluctant to do anything about it, preferring simply to grin and bear it.

 

The collapse of Carillion plc in January this year should be a lesson to all. The company left much of its supply chain unpaid – many small businesses - and is a costly example of how small business is often at the back of the queue when it comes to getting paid.

 

Based in Birmingham, the office of the Small Business Commissioner was launched in December 2017 to ensure fair payment practices for Britain's 5.7 million small businesses and support them in resolving their payment disputes with larger companies. Established under the Enterprise Act 2016 the SBC is headed by the Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal and is part of a package of measures to tackle late payment practices between businesses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

It is now estimated that around a third of payments to small businesses are late with the average value of each payment at £6,142 and it is currently estimated that some £14 billion is owed to small businesses. This has led to 20% of small businesses running into cash flow problems due to late payments, resulting in some joining the 50,000 business deaths that occur in the UK every year. Furthermore, if the late payments due to them were paid on time, it could potentially deliver a £2.5 billion annual boost to the economy.

 

Commenting on nature of the challenge Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal said: “Successful businesses are built on integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and trusting relationships and I want to highlight that Britain can be the best place for new entrepreneurs to establish and grow their own business. However, late payments put their health at serious risk and in turn affect not only the livelihoods but the wellbeing of entrepreneurs and their employees alike.”

 

Since its launch the SBC has gained insight and intelligence on the unethical practices of larger businesses imposing invoice discounting in order to receive prompt payment. Paul Uppal continued:  “I wonder how a typically employed person would feel if they received their salaried pay cheque only to find it had been discounted by five, ten or even twenty per cent, just because their employer had paid them on time?” and added: “They would still have their own monthly outgoings to meet – mortgage or rent, utility bills, food, clothing and travel costs – like any small business!”

 

The SBC works closely with trades bodies, federations, business groups and their representatives, local authorities and national government to support small businesses who are experiencing difficulties being paid.  Mr Uppal said: “Through my role I aim to give small businesses the support they deserve, in particular to ensure fair payment practices, which are essential in helping them to thrive.”

 

For further help and information visit our website www.smallbusinesscommissioner.gov.uk

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