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Prompt Payment Code

The City of London Corporation takes part in the Chartered Institute of Credit Management's (CIMC) Prompt Payment Code. That means we pledge to:

Pay suppliers on time

We at the City of London Corporation, aim to pay undisputed invoices, that quote a valid purchase order number, within 10 days of the invoice arriving anywhere in the Corporation for SME's (small and medium enterprises with fewer than 250 employees) and 30 days for larger suppliers (250+ employees).

Give clear guidance to suppliers

All invoices should be sent by email to cityproc.ap@cityoflondon.gov.uk and include the following information.

  • an identifying number
  • the supplier's name, address and VAT registration number
  • the time of supply
  • date of issue
  • the type of supply (e.g. sale, hire purchase, loan etc.)
  • a description of the goods or services supplied
  • the customer's name (or trading name) and address:

City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
Guildhall
London EC2P 2EJ

For the most prompt payments and in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint we prefer to pay our suppliers via BACS. We encourage suppliers to include their bank details on all invoices with a valid email address for remittance.

Encourage good practice

The City of London encourages adoption of the code throughout our own supply chains.

Prompt Payment Reporting

In accordance with regulation 113 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, please see the information below on the City of London's prompt payment performance.

Prompt payment performance

Financial Year Proportion of valid & undisputed invoices paid within 30 days in accordance with regulation 113 Interest paid to suppliers due to a breach of the requirement in regulation 113
2015/16 96% £0
2016/17 97% £0
2017/18 95% TBC

City Accelerate

On 2 August 2018 the City of London Corporation launched an early payment discount scheme called City Accelerate. For several years the City Corporation has paid well over 90% of supplier invoices on time, so we are now in a position to offer not just prompt payment but early payment to our suppliers in exchange for a small percentage rebate.

This initiative is being launched in partnership with Oxygen Finance, who specialise in providing early payment discount programmes in the public sector.

City Accelerate is voluntary for suppliers to join, but we believe that this new scheme delivers tangible benefits for our suppliers, especially those on standard 30-day payment terms. The City Corporation recognises that we have a responsibility to the local economy, so it is important that our suppliers are able to take advantage of the benefits on offer, including:

  • Improved cash flow through the early payment of invoices
  • Reduced payment volatility – suppliers will be paid faster and more consistently
  • Prioritised invoice settlement, including daily payment runs
  • A single dedicated point of contact for query resolution
  • Increased Accounts Receivable efficiency through end-to-end invoice processing

For further information including the City Accelerate brochure, please visit the City Accelerate website, where suppliers can also sign up to the scheme.


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