Welcome to electronic invoicing for BBC

BBC has partnered with Tungsten Network, the world's largest electronic invoicing network. Many of the BBC's suppliers are already enjoying the benefits of electronic invoicing.

SUPPORTING YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Using over a decade’s worth of experience, we have drawn together an extensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and documents to help you every step of the way.

General Questions

  • Tungsten Network provides electronic invoicing, analytics, and workflow solutions to companies around the globe. For more information about our products and services please visit our website.

    • Secure and guaranteed invoice delivery, no more invoices getting lost in the post
    • It will take less time to process your invoices
    • No more delays due to missing information, landing on the wrong desk or manual intervention
    • ANY-TO-ANY DATA FORMATTING Technology – there is no need for additional software or hardware
    • Higher processing transparency and better cash flow management due to 24/7 access and reporting
    • VAT compliant, regardless of where invoices are sent or received from
    • Easy and cost efficient to send invoices – at any time
  • Yes. Use of Tungsten Network e-invoicing will become a formal vendor selection criteria employed by BBC. Although this will not necessarily lead to immediate disqualification of non-compliant vendors, our expectation is that such suppliers will, over time, inevitably find themselves at a disadvantage.

  • Yes. BBC is actively phasing out the processing of paper invoices to take advantage of the benefits that electronic invoicing provides to both us and our suppliers. As of DATE, the use of Tungsten Network e-invoicing will become a formal vendor selection criterion employed by BBC. Although this will not necessarily lead to immediate disqualification of non-compliant vendors, our expectation is that such suppliers will, over time, inevitably find themselves at a disadvantage.

  • Once you are subscribed to the network, Tungsten Network enables you to send electronic invoices to any other buyer customers that are members of the network without any additional charge. Click on Customer Connect in your supplier portal to easily locate other buyers.

  • Yes, just enter a relevant date. However, a future date is not possible.

  • Tungsten Network is not a payment platform. Upfield will continue to use their current payment method.

    • As BBC allows attachments, go to ‘Invoicing’ and select ‘Invoices pending attachments’
    • Find your invoice by adding the invoice number to the search field or sort the ‘Invoices awaiting attachments’ table by the various column headings
    • Check the allowed file types in the ‘Upload’ column
    • Click ‘Select’ to add the file(s) you want to attach on your computer
    • You can see your attachments in the ‘Attachment count’ column
    • You need to release your invoices with attachments to alert us that they are ready to be processed, tick the boxes by the relevant invoices and click the ‘Release’ button
    • You are limited to a maximum of 3 attachments per invoice and these must be in a tiff format
    • If you have an invoice pending attachments then you will have 24 hours to add the attachments before the invoice is automatically sent
  • No, the expectation from BBC is that once you receive this notification you should start submitting all invoices through Tungsten Network and no further paper invoices should be sent (rejected if still received). This is to prevent any possible duplication.

  • No, this is to prevent duplicate invoices. The system itself does not allow entering the same number twice.

  • Please enter only one PO in “PO field” on invoice header. Please enter other POs in the body of the invoice – each PO on each related line, e.g.:

    • Line 1: first PO, description of the related delivery/service/goods
    • Line 2: second PO, description of the related delivery/service/goods
    • Line 3: third PO, description of the related delivery/service/goods
  • Tungsten Network remembers all invoice numbers sent by you to BBC. This protects both you and BBC from sending duplicates. Therefore your invoice should always have a unique number, for example, 1/2013 and 1/2014 will be accepted.

    1. Your PO was created within last 24 hours. The system is scheduled to copy all new POs once a day and then to transmit it to Tungsten Network during the night. There is no live relationship between SRM and Tungsten Network therefore all PO copies appear on Tungsten Network supplier profiles 24 hours later.
    2. There is a real mapping issue. In this case contact Tungsten Network support to get it fixed and connect your company to the right entity.
    • Sent: Your invoice is waiting to be validated by Tungsten Network system
    • Accepted: Your invoice passed Tungsten Network validation – invoice not yet received by BBC AP Department
    • Failed: Your invoice did not pass Tungsten Network validation – please check most common mistakes before raising a ticket (e.g. PO range)
    • Delivered: Your invoice is ready to be transmitted to BBC AP Department
    • Received: Your invoice was entered to BBC AP Department’s system – it will be validated for correctness and processed
    • Rejected: Your invoice did not pass BBC AP Department’s validation and was rejected – you will receive rejection information from BBC EMAIL.
    • Approved: Your invoice was posted
    • Paid: Your invoice was paid
    • Exception: Your invoice is under BBC’s investigation – you may be contacted for correction / Credit Note
  • No, to get an accurate status of your submitted invoices you should view the Invoice Status updates on your Tungsten Network portal account.

  • When a supplier or Buyer registers to the Tungsten portal they have to nominate an administrator, the details of the administrator can be located by clicking on “My Account” and then by clicking on “My Profile” the details will appear at the bottom of the screen.

    It is the administrator that can add new users and amend access rights.

  • Access to the Tungsten Network service, including the Web Form, requires three credential authorizations. In addition, each session is protected by industry standard 128 bit SSL encryption using Class 3 Server Certificates from Verisign. Once your invoice is created it is stored in the secure archive where it is protected by the latest security measures which are tested daily.

    This means only authorized users can connect to the site and that once connected, all communications are private and data is completely secure.

  • The business between you and your customer will continue in the same language. You should continue to send invoices in the same language you normally use.

    If you require support, please call +44 (0) 870 165 7430. (View our local support numbers)

    Please note that these numbers are for Tungsten e-invoicing support queries only. Please continue to direct your payment queries to your existing customer contact.

Registration Questions

  • Shortly, this will be the primary way that BBC accepts delivery of supplier invoices.

  • To start using the Tungsten Network, all you need to do is register now, using the unique registration link sent to you by your customer or Tungsten Network. Once registered, all suppliers using this option automatically receive 52 free transactions. At the end of your first anniversary (one year after registration), we will replenish your account, at no charge, back to 52 free invoices for you to use during the next 12 months.

  • Yes, part of the registration process is that you have to accept required standard terms and conditions given. Once you do it, the expectation from BBC is that you will stop submitting paper invoices (rejected if still received) and submit all invoices via Tungsten Network.

  • Depending on the solution selected, you will either sign a specific agreement with Tungsten Network or be required to accept the standard terms and conditions presented.

  • No. Additional software or hardware is NOT required. You only need a connection to the internet to send e-invoices via the Tungsten Network.

  • The minimum operating system requirements are: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Linux or Mac OS 9.2*.

    Minimum browser requirements are: Version 9 of Internet Explorer and the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.

  • You can send invoices directly from your billing system in any format you choose. To do this you will need to become an Integrated Solution Supplier on the Tungsten Network.
    Please email [email protected] to begin registration.

  • Tungsten Network provides two levels of electronic invoicing capability. Each of the solutions include a free number of invoices each month.

    Click here to view the enrolment options.

  • BBC does not cover a Supplier’s costs to produce your paper invoices and therefore will not be covering the cost to send electronically. However, the electronic solution is more cost-effective for most businesses. In addition to the financial savings, you will also receive the advantages of immediate invoice submission, invoice delivery confirmation, and 24/7 invoice status and reporting capability.

  • How to Enrol
  • Tungsten Network E-Invoicing New User Guide

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