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  • by Karma Loveday

Welsh Water leads on prompt payments to suppliers

Welsh Water said it supports its suppliers better than most – both paying suppliers quicker than any other water company and better than most companies – as new figures on payment terms were reported.

According to the new data, for the six months to September 2018, 92% of suppliers were paid by Welsh Water within 30 days of the company receiving invoices, compared to 53% for water and sewerage companies who have published figures, and also 53% for the average across all sectors.

A further 6% were paid within 60 days, while only 2% were paid later than that. The company already exceeds the Prompt Payment Code standards, which sets out UK government standards for payment practices and guidance on best practice. This requires that 95% of invoices should be paid within 60 days and to work towards a 30-day deadline as the norm.

Welsh Water’s finance director Peter Bridgewater said: “As a not-for-profit water company, we see ourselves not just as a company based in Wales – but at the heart of the communities we serve. We contribute over £1 billion a year to the Welsh economy, and as one of Wales’ largest companies and employers, how we work with our partners and supply chain is critical to ensuring our impact is an overwhelmingly positive one.

“I’m delighted that we are now exceed the Prompt Payment Code standards and we are working to improve the speed we pay our suppliers yet further – ensuring our smaller suppliers in particular can depend on us being responsible partners, making sure they are viable businesses by getting their cash to them quickly.”

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