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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.


What concerns you most about Brexit?

Recruitment problems 9%
Loss of overseas trade 22.6%
Regulatory uncertainty 22.4%
The falling value of the pound/import inflation 32%
Other 14.1%

What are you most optimistic about concerning Brexit?

New trade opportunities 22.4%
Falling value of pound and effect on exports 19.5%
Less red tape 27.9%
An end to uncertainty 17.6%
Other 12.6%

Has the triggering of Article 50 changed your views on business investment?

Yes, now feeling more cautious 13.1%
Yes, now feeling more adventurous 15.7%
No, still feeling cautious 45.2%
No, still feeling adventurous 11.8%
Don't know 14.2%

Do you have a clear understanding of what Article 50 is?

Yes, I fully understand what it means 25%
I have a basic understanding 56.3%
No, I have little understanding of what it means 18.7%

Do you expect the triggering of Article 50 to impact your business?

yes 21.2%
Unsure 52.2%
no 26.7%

Do you expect the triggering of Article 50 to lead to the break-up of the UK?

yes 40.1%
no 59.9%

Do you think triggering Article 50 will bring more or less clarity to our relationship with the EU?

More 48.8%
Less 51.2%
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