Data released in Creditsafe’s Prompt Payment Premier League has revealed Huddersfield FC takes on average 53 days beyond payment terms to pay invoices for its suppliers, the worst of any team from England’s top division.
Meanwhile Brighton & Hove Albion, who like Huddersfield are playing their first season in the Premier League, top the rankings, taking only two days beyond payment terms on average to pay suppliers. None of the current Premier League clubs pay businesses within the agreed payment terms however, with the average time to pay suppliers across all the clubs standing at 12 days.
Swansea City, who alongside Brighton takes only two days beyond terms on average to pay invoices, have the highest average value of unpaid invoices at £11,304. This is almost £7,000 above the league average, which stands at £4,385.
Liverpool are the only club in this season’s top six to better the overall league average, taking seven days to pay suppliers, with runaway league champions Manchester City ranking 16th overall at 12 days. Last year’s champions Chelsea have the second worst record of prompt payments, taking on average 30 days beyond terms to pay.
Last year’s worst offenders to still be playing in the Premier League, Manchester United, have only improved their ranking slightly, rising two places from 19th to 17th.
Chris Robertson, UK CEO said: “It’s still surprising to see that even in the Premier League, where the clubs have never been wealthier, late payments are becoming a growing problem for businesses of all sizes to deal with.
“It’s also striking to see the gap between two of the newest clubs to enter the Premier League, each having totally different attitudes to paying suppliers promptly. It’s clear that being a new club in the league, such as in Huddersfield’s case, is no excuse for paying businesses significantly later than their agreed terms with suppliers, especially when Brighton were able to pay their invoices much more promptly.
“The money Premier League clubs receive through the new television rights deal will total more than £5bn over the next few years, so we can only hope the clubs become better in paying their invoices on time with this additional revenue.”