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First H&V News live digital debate to focus on late pay

A live debate on late payment will be hosted by H&V News on Friday, 25 September, between 12.00 and 13.00.

This will be the first time the magazine has used Twitter as the main delivery method, supported by coverage on, email newsletter and the H&V News LinkedIn group.

The event is intended to highlight the issues caused by late payment within the building services sector, as well as other issues such as best practice advice, the Small Business Bill and the H&V News Time for Change campaign, which aims to get retention funds placed into trust accounts.

A discussion has been started within H&V News LinkedIn group providing members with the opportunity to add their comments both before and after the live Twitter discussion.

Expert response to questions will be provided by B&ES head of commercial and legal affairs Rob Driscoll during the debate.

Describing the Twitter event as “the ideal platform to tackle issues surrounding supply chain payment problems”, Mr Driscoll added:

“The recession may be over, but fair and late payment remains a major impediment to growth in the construction sector.

“There can be no guarantee of supply without a guarantee of timely and fair payment.”

Mr Driscoll said the use of Twitter to discuss digital payment mechanisms and fair payment as “highly appropriate” and would provide “a fresh perspective”.

“Digital payment is a way of life for companies in most industry sectors and construction, which is distinctly analogue in this regard, needs to catch up,” he said.

Mr Driscoll will be joined by Textura Europe’s Andy Lambert and Paul Bamforth, who will provide expert advice on digital payment practices.

The event will also be supported by social media expert Paul Wilkinson, who has over 10,000 Twitter followers.

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