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

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Questions

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

Accountant 32.6%
Bank Manager 15.8%
Finance Advisor 20.2%
Peers 6.1%
Online 14.6%
Friend/family 8.3%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other 0%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 26.1%
Bank Manager 15%
Finance Advisor 24%
Peers 3.4%
Online 15.7%
Friend/family 9.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.3%
Other 2.8%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29.4%
Bank Manager 17.4%
Finance Advisor 19.6%
Peers 2.9%
Online 12.6%
Friend/family 10.5%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.7%
Other 3.9%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29%
Bank Manager 16.2%
Finance Advisor 21.5%
Peers 1.3%
Online 15.3%
Friend/family 11.3%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.1%
Other 2.4%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 30.3%
Bank Manager 13.4%
Finance Advisor 24.8%
Peers 1.3%
Online 15.5%
Friend/family 10.5%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.8%
Other 1.4%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 31.2%
Bank Manager 14.9%
Finance Advisor 21.7%
Peers 3.9%
Online 14%
Friend/family 11.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.8%
Other 0%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 32.3%
Bank Manager 13.6%
Finance Advisor 23.8%
Peers 2.3%
Online 13.9%
Friend/family 9.2%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other 2.5%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 20.1%
Bank Manager 13.7%
Finance Advisor 14.6%
Peers 1.9%
Online 15.7%
Friend/family 23.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 3%
Other 7.3%
Accountant 21.4%
Bank Manager 12.4%
Finance Advisor 15.3%
Peers 5.6%
Online 20.8%
Friend/family 16.1%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.1%
Other (please specify) 6.2%
Accountant 24.5%
Bank Manager 15.7%
Finance Advisor 17.3%
Peers 2.6%
Online 18.8%
Friend/family 15.3%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.3%
Other (please specify) 3.4%
Accountant 22.5%
Bank Manager 11.7%
Finance Advisor 18.5%
Peers 3.4%
Online 22.5%
Friend/family 16.4%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.2%
Other (please specify) 2.9%

Thinking about access to funding, is it:

A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 23%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 41.4%
Becoming easier to access finance 11.6%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 24%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 22.1%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 42.2%
Becoming easier to access finance 11.8%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.9%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 31.5%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 34%
Becoming easier to access finance 11.6%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 22.9%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 23.8%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 36.9%
Becoming easier to access finance 13.4%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 25.9%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 24.8%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 42.6%
Becoming easier to access finance 12.3%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 20.3%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 19.3%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 40.5%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.9%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 25.4%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 23%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 39.7%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.2%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 12.7%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 19%
Becoming easier to access finance 12.3%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 32.1%
Don't know 23.9%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 12.1%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 22.3%
Becoming easier to access finance 12%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 30.9%
Don't know 22.7%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 11.8%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 29.2%
Becoming easier to access finance 15.4%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 27.9%
Don't know 15.6%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 12.7%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 25.9%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.4%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 31.1%
Don't know 15.9%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 14.4%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 26.7%
Becoming easier to access finance 20.7%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.5%
Don't know 14.7%

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

yes 55.2%
no 44.8%
Don't know 0%
yes 58.3%
no 41.7%
Don't know 0%
yes 62.4%
no 37.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 49.8%
no 50.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 58.7%
no 41.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 53.7%
no 46.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 52.4%
no 47.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 15.6%
no 66.3%
Don't know 18.1%
yes 21.8%
no 58.9%
Don't know 19.2%
yes 22.9%
no 60.2%
Don't know 16.9%
yes 23.8%
no 60.8%
Don't know 15.3%
yes 27.2%
no 51%
Don't know 21.8%

Do you feel confident about accessing the funds your business needs for investment in the next 12 months?

yes 82.3%
no 17.8%
Don't know 0%
yes 86.6%
no 13.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 89.6%
no 10.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 89.9%
no 10.1%
Don't know 0%
yes 87.8%
no 12.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 87%
no 13%
Don't know 0%
yes 85.2%
no 14.8%
Don't know 0%
yes 79.6%
no 12.4%
Don't know 8%
yes 77.4%
no 16.4%
Don't know 6.2%
yes 81.7%
no 6.4%
Don't know 11.9%

Has your business been declined access to finance by a bank in the last six months?

Yes 16.6%
No 68.1%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 15.3%
Don't know 0%
Yes 21.5%
No 66.2%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.3%
Don't know 0%
Yes 27.2%
No 60.1%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.7%
Don't know 0%
Yes 19.8%
No 67.5%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.7%
Don't know 0%
Yes 23.9%
No 63.9%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.2%
Don't know 0%
Yes 16.9%
No 71.6%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 11.5%
Don't know 0%
Yes 20.9%
No 79.1%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes 6.2%
No 59.3%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 29.7%
Don't know 4.8%
Yes 8.1%
No 73.1%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 0%
Don't know 18.8%
Yes 8.1%
No 63.2%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 25.8%
Don't know 2.9%

Have you missed a business opportunity in the last 12 months, due to lack of available finance?

yes 30%
no 70%
Don't know 0%
yes 33.5%
no 66.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 39.8%
no 60.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 30.8%
no 69.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 32.6%
no 67.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 29.1%
no 70.9%
Don't know 0%
yes 27.9%
no 72.1%
Don't know 0%
yes 10.2%
no 78.6%
Don't know 11.2%
yes 10.7%
no 78.2%
Don't know 11.1%
yes 13.3%
no 78.6%
Don't know 8.1%
yes 12.8%
no 79.9%
Don't know 7.3%
yes 14%
no 77.5%
Don't know 8.5%
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