The Cheque Run round about 25 January 2017

If you supply goods or services to a large company, then they will expect you to give credit, and they will expect your terms to be something like “30 days or net monthly account”. This means that you expect an invoice issued in December 2016 to be settled by 31 January 2017. Typically a large company will do a computerised cheque run on about 25th January, and they will want you to have sent a statement at the start of the month listing all invoices outstanding from the previous month, so several invoices can be settled with one big payment. Small companies which do not operate a system like this should pay you within 30 days. If you do give credit, you might like to have a discussion with some local accountants like us. Many accountants aim to be general business advisors alongside our specific work.