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Late Payments

35

%

of firms are owed more than £40k in late payments

Summary

Published March 2021

Late payments have long been a big issue for UK businesses, with half of firms admitting to it being a problem. Our research tracks how much money is owed and whether late payments are seasonally linked

Questions

Are late payments a problem for your business?

yes 35.2%
no 64.8%
Don't know 0%
yes 32.4%
no 67.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 22%
no 78%
Don't know 0%
yes 26.5%
no 73.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 32.6%
no 67.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 26.7%
no 73.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 27.6%
no 72.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 27.4%
no 72.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 31.8%
no 68.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 30.6%
no 69.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 40%
no 60%
Don't know 0%
yes 29.1%
no 61.6%
Don't know 9.3%
yes 13.3%
no 77.8%
Don't know 8.9%
yes 21.2%
no 71.8%
Don't know 7.1%
yes 19.8%
no 70.9%
Don't know 9.3%
yes 28.2%
no 66.7%
Don't know 5.1%
yes 25%
no 67%
Don't know 8%

Are late payments seasonally-linked?

No 38.7%
Yes, worse in spring 22.6%
Yes, worse in summer 19.4%
Yes, worse in autumn 0%
Yes, worse in winter 19.4%
No 50%
Yes, worse in spring 20.6%
Yes, worse in summer 14.7%
Yes, worse in autumn 5.9%
Yes, worse in winter 8.8%
No 45.5%
Yes, worse in spring 4.5%
Yes, worse in summer 22.7%
Yes, worse in autumn 9.1%
Yes, worse in winter 18.2%
No 46.2%
Yes, worse in spring 19.2%
Yes, worse in summer 19.2%
Yes, worse in autumn 7.7%
Yes, worse in winter 7.7%
No 45.2%
Yes, worse in spring 16.1%
Yes, worse in summer 6.5%
Yes, worse in autumn 3.2%
Yes, worse in winter 29%
No 58.3%
Yes, worse in spring 12.5%
Yes, worse in summer 16.7%
Yes, worse in autumn 4.2%
Yes, worse in winter 8.3%
No 45.8%
Yes, worse in spring 29.2%
Yes, worse in summer 4.2%
Yes, worse in autumn 8.3%
Yes, worse in winter 12.5%
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