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The long-payment term and late payment issue have been in the headlines before, but this is not a finger pointing exercise. What we want to do is prepare businesses for the reality of the situation and tackling these payment lengths, whilst also raising awareness of the situation. To download the complete guide with the original data, analysis and infographics, click below.

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Blog Posts

Invoice Today But Get Paid After Christmas

Chasing unpaid invoices is never an enjoyable prospect for a business but it can be even more painstaking around the Christmas period. With tips on how can you prepare for this time of year and make sure you keep your cash flow healthy and start the new year in a healthy place.

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How Can Small Businesses Prepare for Late Payments from Suppliers?

Once again late payments amongst small businesses have been making headlines. With small and emerging businesses employing 60% of the UK’s private workforce, they make up a huge percentage of the economy. With this in mind, here are some tips for how any small business can ease the impact of overdue invoices. Note: a sale can only be called a sale once payment has been received.

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Infographics

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AVERAGE PAYMENT DAYS

The data shows that the time it takes businesses to pay each other is usually far above the standard 30-day payment terms but also, that it varies a lot from sector to sector. This will explain why it is it hard to plan and manage cash flow, particularly for those businesses who have customers in a wide range of sectors. 

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BEST AND WORST PAYERS

Where we see general Manufacturing, Food and Drink Manufacturing and Wholesale in the ‘worst payers’ list, that could suggest an embedded culture of taking a long time to pay or settle an invoice, both in the payment terms and payment practice and this is being passed from the manufacturers down the chain to wholesalers and retailers.​

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BEST PAYERS

Good news for businesses whose customers fall into these four sectors – they are the fastest payers of all. 

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SECTOR DEEP DIVE: MANUFACTURING

The time it takes businesses to pay varies immensely in this sector but overall this sector is one of the slowest to pay.

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SECTOR DEEP DIVE: WHOLESALE AND RETAIL

UK Wholesalers, match the national average payment days found in the rest of our study, taking on average 74 days to pay.  For businesses who have customers in retail, a better than average 56 days shows a step in the right direction as historically, larger blue-chip debtors in this sector have taken the longest to pay.

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SECTOR DEEP DIVE: CONSTRUCTION

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