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SME Data Hub

Each quarter 1,000 UK SME owners across a range of sectors, regions and sizes, are surveyed by specialist independent researcher, Kantar, on Close Brothers’ behalf.

Use the drop-downs to select a year and quarter to look at the data we collected at that time.

Accessing the data

This data is free for you to use. All we ask is that you credit 'Close Brothers Asset Finance' if you do use it.

Select the year/quarter: Each 'wave' was collected at a specific time. Just select from the drop-down (above) the year/quarter you wish to view. 

Choose a question set: Below you can also choose different question sets to select data about a specific category or topic. 

Filter the data: Use the filters on the right to see the results split by gender, location, turnover, and industry. 

Compare data: If the same question has been asked in other years/quarters, you can use the drop-down underneath each chart to see how results have changed over time.

Questions

As a business, where do you mainly go for financial support and advice?

Accountant 26.6%
Bank Manager 14.9%
Finance Advisor 24.2%
Peers 3.3%
Online 15.6%
Friend/family 9.3%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.2%
Other 2.9%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29.8%
Bank Manager 17.1%
Finance Advisor 20.6%
Peers 2.9%
Online 12.6%
Friend/family 9.5%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.7%
Other 3.7%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29.1%
Bank Manager 16%
Finance Advisor 21.3%
Peers 1.9%
Online 14.6%
Friend/family 11.7%
Solicitor/lawyer 3%
Other 2.3%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 30.9%
Bank Manager 13.1%
Finance Advisor 25.2%
Peers 1.3%
Online 15.3%
Friend/family 10.2%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.6%
Other 1.3%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 31.2%
Bank Manager 14.8%
Finance Advisor 21.6%
Peers 3.7%
Online 14.4%
Friend/family 11.7%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.7%
Other 0%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 33.6%
Bank Manager 13.9%
Finance Advisor 22.7%
Peers 2.3%
Online 13.6%
Friend/family 9.1%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.3%
Other 2.5%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 20.5%
Bank Manager 13.4%
Finance Advisor 15.2%
Peers 2.1%
Online 15.9%
Friend/family 23.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other 6.8%
Accountant 21.7%
Bank Manager 12.6%
Finance Advisor 15.4%
Peers 5.7%
Online 21%
Friend/family 15.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.2%
Other (please specify) 5.9%
Accountant 24.9%
Bank Manager 15.2%
Finance Advisor 17.7%
Peers 2.6%
Online 18.6%
Friend/family 15.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.2%
Other (please specify) 3.2%
Accountant 22.1%
Bank Manager 12.1%
Finance Advisor 18.3%
Peers 3.3%
Online 23.4%
Friend/family 15.7%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other (please specify) 2.6%

Thinking about access to funding is it:

A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 12.6%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 28.2%
Becoming easier to access finance 16.5%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 28.8%
Don't know 13.8%

Does your business plan to seek funding for business investment in the next 12 months?

yes 59.1%
no 40.9%
Don't know 0%
yes 61.6%
no 38.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 50%
no 50%
Don't know 0%
yes 59.6%
no 40.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 53.8%
no 46.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 51.5%
no 48.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 17%
no 65.6%
Don't know 17.4%
yes 21.5%
no 58.5%
Don't know 20%
yes 23.1%
no 59.8%
Don't know 17.1%
yes 22.8%
no 61.1%
Don't know 16.1%
yes 28.1%
no 50.1%
Don't know 21.8%
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