Big firms to pay small companies within 30 days

“Late payment causes real hardship to small businesses, and the issue is more prevalent than ever due to the continued impact of the pandemic. Code signatories of all sizes demonstrate their commitment to ending the culture of late payment and helping to increase business confidence,” said Interim Small Business Commissioner Philip King.

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