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Why not supplying bad customers makes perfect business sense

25/05/2021

Four reasons why implementing a stop list makes perfect business sense.

For many businesses attracting customers is a challenge in itself, so you probably think we’re crazy for suggesting you should stop supplying some of them.

But, when those customers are coming between you and a healthy cash flow, they are arguably no longer worth the money they spend with you.

According to the UK Government, currently, £23.4bn worth of late invoices are owed to firms across Britain.

This could be significantly reduced if businesses stopped supplying repeat offenders.

Yet, understandably so, many businesses still feel pressure to continue working with those who continue to pay late.

Whilst ending customer relationships is arguably a last resort, implementing a stop list for the worst offenders can be beneficial.

Once on the stop list businesses should be informed and not supplied with any further goods or services until all outstanding invoices have been settled.

If you continue to supply the customer after this, it could be beneficial to ask for an up-front payment or deposit when placing the order.

Still not convinced? Here are four reasons why implementing a stop list makes perfect business sense.

1. Prevent late payment

Persistently late payers are never going to clean up their act if you keep letting them get away with it. Refusing to supply the worst offenders can be a great way to show authority and reduce late payment going forward. If they value your service or product and want to continue trading with you they’ll have no choice but to adhere to better payment practices.

Related post: 3 quick tips to reduce the impact of poor payment practices

2. Protect cash flow

As soon as an invoice exceeds credit terms it begins to impact on your cash flow. Without money coming in on time your business may fall behind on payments of its own, racking up high levels of interest and putting strain on your day-to-day business activity. Taking a tough stance on late payment protects your cash flow and ultimately your business’s future.

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3. Save time and resource

Chasing overdue payments often requires a significant amount of time and resource that some businesses may not be able to afford to waste on persistently bad customers. By implementing a stop list and preventing late payment you remove the need to invest resources into chasing your worst offenders.

Discover 7 more credit management techniques that will save you time

4. Improve morale

Dealing with the constant excuses of persistent late payers can be hard work – even for the best credit controllers. By removing or improving the practices of your negative customers your employees will benefit from not having to put up with their excuses.

Discover more ways to improve morale in your credit control team


Can we help?

Do you need help chasing late payments? Get a debt collection quote to find out how much we would charge should you decide to instruct us. Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 9774848 to find out more about how we can help.

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