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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.

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of SME business owners concerned about the impact Brexit is having on trading


Published April 2021

UK SME business owners voiced their concern about the impact Brexit is having on their trading, with 56% finding it more difficult to buy and/or sell with the EU compared to 32% who have not seen their trading impacted. The survey of 900 firms conducted in April 2021 also found that 34% now find it more complicated to access goods and supplies compared to just 17% who feel it is simpler.


Are you in favour of the UK leaving the European Union?

yes 39.1%
no 44.1%
Unsure 16.8%

Do you believe leaving the European Union will have a positive or negative impact on your business?

positive 34.1%
negative 33.7%
Unsure 32.2%

What is the main positive impact you believe leaving the EU would have on your business?

Growth through increased export opportunities 16.2%
Reduced import costs for raw materials 16.9%
Growth due to reduced regulation and red tape 33.8%
Tax reductions, resulting in lower costs 9.3%
Growth as a result of a strengthened UK economy 13.4%
Other (please specify) 2.8%
Unsure 7.6%

What is the main negative impact you believe leaving the EU would have on your business?

Increased costs associated with trading within Europe 38.3%
Reduced export opportunities due to increased restrictions associated with trading within Europe 35.9%
Lack of access to skilled staff 10.8%
Other (please specify) 2.8%
Unsure 12.2%
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