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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 34.5%
Bank Manager 15.4%
Finance Advisor 20%
Peers 5.7%
Online 13.6%
Friend/family 8.4%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.5%
Other 0%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 27.8%
Bank Manager 14.9%
Finance Advisor 24.3%
Peers 3.5%
Online 14.6%
Friend/family 9%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.4%
Other 2.6%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29.8%
Bank Manager 16.9%
Finance Advisor 20.8%
Peers 3%
Online 12.3%
Friend/family 9.7%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.9%
Other 3.6%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 29.1%
Bank Manager 15.6%
Finance Advisor 21.6%
Peers 1.9%
Online 15.3%
Friend/family 11.6%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.6%
Other 2.4%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 30.2%
Bank Manager 12.7%
Finance Advisor 25%
Peers 1.5%
Online 16.2%
Friend/family 10.7%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.5%
Other 1.3%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 31.4%
Bank Manager 14%
Finance Advisor 21.7%
Peers 3.2%
Online 14.7%
Friend/family 11.9%
Solicitor/lawyer 3.1%
Other 0%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 33.5%
Bank Manager 13.8%
Finance Advisor 22.7%
Peers 2.8%
Online 13.8%
Friend/family 8.1%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.7%
Other 2.5%
Don’t know, not involved in financial decisions making 0%
Accountant 20.3%
Bank Manager 14.5%
Finance Advisor 15.8%
Peers 2.4%
Online 14.9%
Friend/family 22.9%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other 6.8%
Accountant 21.3%
Bank Manager 12.6%
Finance Advisor 14.9%
Peers 5.9%
Online 21.6%
Friend/family 15%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.3%
Other (please specify) 6.5%
Accountant 24.1%
Bank Manager 14.8%
Finance Advisor 18.2%
Peers 2.6%
Online 19.3%
Friend/family 15.4%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.4%
Other (please specify) 3.3%
Accountant 23.1%
Bank Manager 11%
Finance Advisor 18.3%
Peers 3.3%
Online 23.1%
Friend/family 15.8%
Solicitor/lawyer 2.8%
Other (please specify) 2.7%

Thinking about access to funding, is it:

A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 23.7%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 40.8%
Becoming easier to access finance 12.1%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.4%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 23.1%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 42.4%
Becoming easier to access finance 10.9%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.6%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 30.6%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 34.3%
Becoming easier to access finance 11.8%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.2%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 24%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 36.4%
Becoming easier to access finance 13.7%
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 27.6%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 40.3%
Becoming easier to access finance 13.1%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 19%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 18.9%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 42.1%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.3%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 24.7%
Don't know 0%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 22.3%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 39.8%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.6%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 23.3%
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 20%
Becoming easier to access finance 12.6%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 32.7%
Don't know 22.1%
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 22%
Becoming easier to access finance 11.9%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 31.8%
Don't know 22.5%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 12%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 29.1%
Becoming easier to access finance 14.6%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 28.1%
Don't know 16.2%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 13.7%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 25.5%
Becoming easier to access finance 14%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 30.5%
Don't know 16.4%
A major challenge - more difficult to access finance now than it was a year ago 13.7%
A moderate challenge - as difficult now to access finance as it was a year ago 27.1%
Becoming easier to access finance 21.5%
I have never had a problem accessing finance 22.6%
Don't know 15.1%

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

yes 53.9%
no 46.1%
Don't know 0%
yes 58.5%
no 41.5%
Don't know 0%
yes 61.4%
no 38.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 51.3%
no 48.7%
Don't know 0%
yes 59.4%
no 40.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 54.6%
no 45.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 52.8%
no 47.2%
Don't know 0%
yes 17.3%
no 65.4%
Don't know 17.3%
yes 21.9%
no 58.6%
Don't know 19.5%
yes 22.4%
no 60%
Don't know 17.6%
yes 23.7%
no 61.9%
Don't know 14.4%
yes 28%
no 51.1%
Don't know 20.9%

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

yes 82%
no 18%
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 90.3%
no 9.7%
Don't know 0%
yes 88.3%
no 11.7%
Don't know 0%
yes 87%
no 13%
Don't know 0%
yes 85.6%
no 14.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 77.8%
no 17%
Don't know 5.2%
yes 79.3%
no 16%
Don't know 4.7%
yes 78.1%
no 9.8%
Don't know 12.1%

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

Yes 16.6%
No 68.2%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 15.2%
Don't know 0%
Yes 20.5%
No 67.8%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 11.6%
Don't know 0%
Yes 27.2%
No 60.4%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.4%
Don't know 0%
Yes 20.4%
No 66.9%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.7%
Don't know 0%
Yes 25.5%
No 62.5%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12%
Don't know 0%
Yes 17.6%
No 69.7%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 12.6%
Don't know 0%
Yes 20.2%
No 79.8%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 0%
Don't know 0%
Yes 6%
No 61.5%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 28.2%
Don't know 4.2%
Yes 7.4%
No 73.8%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 0%
Don't know 18.8%
Yes 8.1%
No 64%
Our business hasn’t approached a bank for finance 24.8%
Don't know 3.2%

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

yes 29.7%
no 70.3%
Don't know 0%
yes 33.6%
no 66.4%
Don't know 0%
yes 39.4%
no 60.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 31.1%
no 68.9%
Don't know 0%
yes 35.1%
no 64.9%
Don't know 0%
yes 30.4%
no 69.6%
Don't know 0%
yes 28.2%
no 71.8%
Don't know 0%
yes 10.5%
no 79.4%
Don't know 10.1%
yes 9.6%
no 78.3%
Don't know 12.2%
yes 13.2%
no 78.5%
Don't know 8.2%
yes 13.1%
no 80.5%
Don't know 6.5%
yes 14.8%
no 76.2%
Don't know 9%
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