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Premium subscribers to the Prompt Payment Directory have access to the following user generated content

  • Payment score

    The Payment Score gives an impression of how likely a company is to pay its invoices on time based on the views of its suppliers.

    This score reflects the nuance around the issue of late payment. Some companies may pay beyond terms but are consistent and will always pay in time without threatening their suppliers’ cash-flow.

    These organisations may be good to work with but ‘reliably late’ with payment, as such they may be recorded as paying ‘on time’ but the star rating reflects the less than perfect timing of their remittance.

  • Business relationship score

    Notwithstanding payment issues, the Business Relationship Score gives an impression of what a company is like to work and do business with.

    Companies that pay late (for whatever reason) may still be rewarding to work with. It’s important to understand this balance in the context of any potential payment issues.

  • Future Business Score

    The Future Business score gives an indication of whether suppliers that have submitted ratings for a customer would like to continue their working relationships.

    This is one of the strongest indicators of sentiment relating to the issue of late payment.

    For a supplier to decline or seek to continue doing business with a customer regardless of issues related to late payment (or otherwise) portrays a very a clear reflection of the customer / debtor.

  • PPD Score

    The PPD score is an aggregate of the above three scores and provides an ‘at a glance’ balanced snapshot of a company’s profile in relation to the issue of late payment of commercial debts.

  • Reasons given why payment is late

    Knowing why an invoice was paid late or remains outstanding provides vital context and help with making decisions about the level of risk involved in doing business with an organisation. Some reasons are genuine while others stand out as stalling tactics.

    To see examples of the kind of reasons given by debtors and how to prepare for them in advance, click here.

  • Evidence of a purchase order

    The absence of a purchase order can make it harder for invoices to be processed in a timely fashion. This isn’t always the fault of the debtor.

    Where a PO system was not in use, this may be reflected in the notice if ‘No PO System’ is displayed.

  • Contract status

    Has the job been completed / goods delivered?

    For example invoices may still be overdue while a contract remains incomplete if it spans an extended period of time and payment has been agreed and scheduled for settlement by installments.

  • Dispute Status

    Invoices under dispute will inevitably be paid late and an explanation may also be provided.

    This context is vital in assessing potential cash-flow risk in doing business with a company.

Click here to view a sample notice