Funding supply chains for recovery: Working capital stories from Taylor Wimpey and Travel Planet


As the Covid-19 lockdown begins to loosen, the problems faced by many companies are far from over.

The gradual withdrawal of government support will expose a cash flow crisis among Britain’s small businesses. In this webinar, sponsored by American Express, we’ll be discussing the continuing need to support suppliers by prompt or early payment as we gear up for recovery.

We have three perspectives on this essential topic:

Government: The UK Government’s Small Business Commissioner, Philip King, will be discussing the role of prompt and early payment in supporting smaller businesses and revealing some of the success stories from his campaign to get the big buyers to improve their payment practices.

Buyer: Lee Bishop, Major Developments Director of Taylor Wimpey, will be discussing the company’s ‘Pay it Forward’ scheme to support subcontractors with early payment.

Supplier: Tristan Dessain-Gelinet, CEO at Travel Planet, will reveal how his company tackles the unique working capital challenges of the travel industry with support from major client EDF and its supplier finance programme. With Travel Planet now becoming a supplier to the UK’s Crown Commercial Service, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for growth.

Webinar contributor: HM Government Small Business Commissioner

Sponsored by:


Mike Hewitt

Director, The Working Capital Forum

Lee Bishop

Major Developments Director, Taylor Wimpey

Tristan Dessain-Gelinet

CEO, Travel Planet

Selina Moon

Senior Product Manager, Global Business Financing & Supply Chain Solutions, American Express

Philip King

Small Business Commissioner, HM Government

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