Tax & admin · 6 March 2018

Unpaid invoices worth 40, 000 leave one in four business owners ‘struggling”

late payment culture
Up to 15 per cent of small business turnover could now be tied up in unpaid invoices
Despite government initiatives to crack down on late payments, a quarter of small UK business owners say they are owed over 40, 000 from customers in unpaid invoices.

The latest quarterly Close Brothers Invoice Business Barometer revealed that 25.2 per cent of businesses suffering from late payments reported that they were owed more than 40, 000, almost twice as many as the 13.2 per cent of small firms suffering to this extent in March 2015.

A further 33.8 per cent were owed between 20, 000 and 40, 000, up from 22.7 per cent three years ago.

It said 24.2 per cent of small company owners now regard late payments as a problem for their business and despite this figure being down from 33.2 per cent in March 2015, they were left ‘struggling to cope.

This, Close Brothers said, was despite a series of Government initiatives to get on top of the problem and boost the economy by 2.5bn.

This has included the appointment of Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal last October tasked with helping SMEs resolve payments disputes and tackle unfair payment practices and The Prompt Payment Code to set payment standards.

Premier league


Premier League suppliers chase 1.3m in overdue payments from top football clubs

Premier League clubs are withholding 1.3m in overdue invoices to suppliers, according to new figures that reveal a troubling culture of late payments in English football.


David Thomson, chief executive of Close Brothers Invoice Finance, said small firms needed more help to combat late payments, with the issue threatening to hold back SME growth.

our research suggests that despite a series of efforts to combat the matter led by government and other organisations, too many SMEs still arent being paid on time, he said.



HR & Employment