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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 43.8%
no 56.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 34.7%
no 65.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 40%
no 60%
Don't know 0%
yes 46.4%
no 53.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 51.7%
no 48.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 47%
no 53%
Don't know 0%
yes 43.4%
no 56.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 54.5%
no 45.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 45.7%
no 54.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 35.9%
no 64.1%
Don't know 0%
yes 44.9%
no 55.1%
Don't know 0%
yes 32.4%
no 54.9%
Don't know 12.7%
yes 16.1%
no 67.8%
Don't know 16.1%
yes 29.1%
no 62%
Don't know 8.9%
yes 20.5%
no 69.2%
Don't know 10.3%
yes 32.7%
no 63.6%
Don't know 3.6%
yes 20.3%
no 73%
Don't know 6.8%

Are late payments seasonally-linked?

No 42.9%
Yes, worse in spring 17.9%
Yes, worse in summer 10.7%
Yes, worse in autumn 14.3%
Yes, worse in winter 14.3%
No 52.9%
Yes, worse in spring 23.5%
Yes, worse in summer 5.9%
Yes, worse in autumn 0%
Yes, worse in winter 17.6%
No 33.3%
Yes, worse in spring 20.8%
Yes, worse in summer 29.2%
Yes, worse in autumn 0%
Yes, worse in winter 16.7%
No 38.5%
Yes, worse in spring 7.7%
Yes, worse in summer 19.2%
Yes, worse in autumn 23.1%
Yes, worse in winter 11.5%
No 33.3%
Yes, worse in spring 16.7%
Yes, worse in summer 30%
Yes, worse in autumn 3.3%
Yes, worse in winter 16.7%
No 48.4%
Yes, worse in spring 22.6%
Yes, worse in summer 19.4%
Yes, worse in autumn 0%
Yes, worse in winter 9.7%
No 47.8%
Yes, worse in spring 21.7%
Yes, worse in summer 8.7%
Yes, worse in autumn 8.7%
Yes, worse in winter 13%
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