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SME Data Hub

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.

Select a year and quarter to review 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.


Have you seen an increase in mergers and acquisitions in your sector over the past three years?

yes 39.2%
no 51%
Unsure 9.8%

In your opinion, are mergers and acquisitions a sign of a healthy economy or one that’s struggling?

A sign of a healthy economy 35%
A sign of a struggling economy 40.8%
Don’t know 24.2%

Have you ever discussed merging your firm with another business?

yes 28.2%
no 68.8%
Prefer not to say 3%

Have you ever been approached with an acquisition or merger proposal?

yes 33.3%
no 62.8%
Unsure 3.9%

Which is better, organic growth or growth through acquisition?

Organic 40.2%
Acquisition 20.3%
Neither – depends on the situation 33.2%
Don’t know 6.2%
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