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07 May 2020

Wiltshire Council promptly paying suppliers to support cash flow

We have worked flat out to pay suppliers as promptly as possible and we would encourage all local businesses to do the same if they can, as it will have a positive impact on the local economy and help get things back on track as quickly as possible

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council

We are doing our bit to boost cash flow in the county during COVID-19 by paying around £100m in supplier invoices during the past month.

In April, the council settled around 21,665 invoices while working remotely, ensuring businesses were paid promptly during this difficult and disruptive time.

We carried out a total of 58 payment runs through BACS and 15 cheque runs during this time.

We also moved more than 350 suppliers to immediate payment terms, meaning payments will be made to them at the same time as their product or service is delivered, which will also have a good impact on local cash flow.

This has been carried out on top of us administrating and issuing more than £74m in Government grants so far to support over 6,200 local businesses.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "As one of the biggest organisations in the county we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support businesses at this difficult time.

"We have worked flat out to pay suppliers as promptly as possible and we would encourage all local businesses to do the same if they can, as it will have a positive impact on the local economy and help get things back on track as quickly as possible.

"I thank all council staff for their hard work on this, particularly as their own working arrangements have been disrupted too it's been a tremendous effort by everyone."

Last updated: 7 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 7 May 2020

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