Invu, the purchase order processing and payables solutions provider, today releases the results of its latest market research report, carried out by independent research house Red Brick Research, into the views, processes and decision of finance decision makers in UK medium sized businesses (MBs).
Finance Directors and their teams are often blamed for delaying payments, Invu’s research report titled “Investigating the purchasing process in UK medium sized businesses”, suggests late payments are often a result of poor systems and processes rather than a cash management decision based on visibility and control.
Ian Smith, General Manager at Invu comments, “This research identifies that many medium sized businesses have a business problem that needs fixing, namely a lack of timely visibility and control over spending. One solution to this is the introduction of solutions that make budgets visible at the point of making purchase commitments - combined with efficient and timely processing of supplier invoices as they are received. Successful implementation of purchase order processing solutions is dependent on employee engagement and so one of the key selection criteria must be ease of use.”
In many organisations cost control has had a disproportionate impact on back office functions and so it is not surprising to see that almost half of UK MBs finance decision makers (45%) reported their purchasing and accounts payable departments are working manually in environments prone to risks of fraud and error – signalling a lack of investment in financial solutions.