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SMEs owed £50bn in late payments


New research from digital banking platform Tide revealed that UK SMEs are chasing an estimated £50bn in late payments with the average small business chasing five outstanding invoices at once, wasting an hour and a half every day. London-based businesses are the hardest hit with an average of seven invoices outstanding. Oliver Prill, Tide’s chief executive, said: “It has been known for a while now that late payments are crippling SMEs, with the government having tried a number of times to address the issue. It is however shocking to see exactly how much time SMEs, and particularly the self-employed are wasting by having to chase clients to pay promptly. Cash flow is crucial for SMEs, and just a few late payments can tip them into danger of becoming insolvent.”


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