The Forum of Private Business has been the watchdog for big business ethics abuse for over a decade. We’ve been helping small businesses to get their voices heard on the issues that matter to them and affecting real change to help keep Britain trading.
We have singled out a number of British heavyweight companies for their poor payment practices over the years.
But late payment is just one issue among many other unethical practices conducted by big business. And as we move towards the General Election, it is time for these practices to be placed under the spotlight and for remedial action to be pushed up the agenda.
We regularly hear evidence from our members that suggests too many corporates operating in the UK are behaving like unscrupulous operators with little concern for the livelihood of the UK’s small business owners.
Tax evasion, high street domination, exploitative labour practices, ‘creative accounting’ and other supplier abuses have pushed small firms to breaking point. Cumulatively, this is proof that the UK is facing a crisis of trust in big business.
We are calling on independent business owners and entrepreneurs to call out those big businesses which have been allowed to get away with too much for too long at the detriment of honest, small business owners.
We believe that that all political parties should be judged at the coming election on their commitment to put business ethics at the top of the political agenda.