Seddon and five Kier companies suspended from payment code



Five Kier companies and Seddon Construction are among 20 firms to have been suspended from the Prompt Payment Code for failing to pay suppliers on time.

Administered by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), signatories to the Code pledge to uphold its best practice for payment standards to end the culture of late payment and to pay 95% of all supplier invoices within 60 days.

Construction companies including Costain and Interserve Construction have been reinstated having demonstrated compliance for at least the last two consecutive months.

The latest raft of construction firms to fail to live up to the pledge include Seddon and Eurovia Infrastructure as well as Kier group companies: Kier Integrated Services; Kier Infrastructure and Overseas; Kier Construction; Kier Highways and McNicholas Construction Services.

All of the businesses are engaging with the CICM and have already submitted action plans towards achieving compliance.

Alun Griffiths and Severfield (Design & Build) Ltd are among the nine businesses which have been reinstated.

The Prompt Payment Code’s compliance board, chaired by CICM chief executive Philip King, regularly reviews the status of organisations to ensure they are upholding their commitments. Businesses suspended from the code are invited to produce an action plan that leads to a substantial improvement in payment performance and are reinstated to the Code as soon as they demonstrate compliance.

Of the 35 signatories suspended in April and July, 11 have now been reinstated.

Mr King said: “We will continue to challenge signatories to the Code if the obligatory Payment Practice Reporting data suggests that their practices are not compliant. We are encouraged by those who have already submitted action plans to achieve future compliance, and we are working closely with those businesses to support a better payment culture.”

The 20 suspended companies are:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management PLC
  • Anglo American Services (UK) Ltd
  • AstraZeneca
  • Diageo Scotland Limited
  • Diageo Global Supply IBC Limited
  • Diageo Northern Ireland Ltd
  • Diageo Great Britain Ltd
  • Eurovia Infrastructure Limited
  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Limited
  • GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited
  • IBM United Kingdom Ltd
  • Kier Integrated Services Limited
  • Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited
  • Kier Construction Limited
  • Kier Highways Limited
  • McNicholas Construction Services Limited
  • Seddon Construction Ltd
  • Smith & Nephew UK Limited
  • Smith and Nephew, Limited
  • Unilever UK Ltd

The nine reinstated companies are:

  • Alun Griffiths
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited
  • Centrica
  • Costain Limited
  • Kellogg Brown & Root Limited
  • Interserve Construction
  • Maintenance Management Ltd
  • Severfield (Design & Build) Limited
  • Stantec UK Ltd


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