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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

How would you best describe your business's current economic outlook?

Confident that the economy will continue to grow 37.9%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 29.8%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 15.9%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 11.1%
The economy is worsening 5.3%
Don't know 0%
Confident that the economy will continue to grow 35.7%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 26.7%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 17.9%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 12%
The economy is worsening 7.8%
Don't know 0%
Confident that the economy will continue to grow 36.2%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 26.8%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 17.1%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 12.6%
The economy is worsening 7.4%
Don't know 0%
Confident that the economy will continue to grow 36.4%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 29.1%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 17.5%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 12%
The economy is worsening 5%
Don't know 0%
Confident that the economy will continue to grow 32.8%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 31.6%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 16.9%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 12.4%
The economy is worsening 6.3%
Don't know 0%
Confident that the economy will continue to grow 32.2%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 32.1%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 19%
I don't think there is any true economic growth 10.9%
The economy is worsening 5.8%
Don't know 0%
Confident about the steady recovery of the economy 20.5%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 25.1%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 20%
I don't think there is any true economic recovery yet 22.4%
The economy is worsening 12%
Confident about the steady recovery of the economy 18.9%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 21.5%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 13.7%
I don't think there is any true economic recovery yet 15.6%
The economy is worsening 8.2%
Don't know 22.2%
Confident about the steady recovery of the economy 20.2%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 29.3%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 20.8%
I don't think there is any true economic recovery yet 21%
The economy is worsening 8.6%
Confident about the steady recovery of the economy 17.6%
The worst is behind us but it will be a slow path to prosperity 26.9%
The worst is behind us but I'm concerned that the economy could decline again 23.7%
I don't think there is any true economic recovery yet 21.9%
The economy is worsening 10%

In general, how do you expect your business to perform over the next 12 months?

Expand 37.2%
Stay the same 54.2%
Contract 7.4%
Close down 1.1%
Don't know 0%
Expand 35.9%
Stay the same 54.1%
Contract 7.9%
Close down 2.1%
Don't know 0%
Expand 34.2%
Stay the same 56.3%
Contract 7.9%
Close down 1.7%
Don't know 0%
Expand 37.8%
Stay the same 54.2%
Contract 6.8%
Close down 1.1%
Don't know 0%
Expand 32.8%
Stay the same 57.8%
Contract 7.7%
Close down 1.8%
Don't know 0%
Expand 34.7%
Stay the same 56.7%
Contract 6.7%
Close down 1.9%
Don't know 0%
Expand 16.3%
Stay the same 53.5%
Contract 9.2%
Close down 3.3%
Don't know 17.7%
Expand 16.7%
Stay the same 51.7%
Contract 8.7%
Close down 2.8%
Don't know 20.1%
Expand 21.7%
Stay the same 55.1%
Contract 9.5%
Close down 2.3%
Don't know 11.3%
Expand 18%
Stay the same 57.1%
Contract 9.1%
Close down 1.8%
Don't know 14%
Expand 23.2%
Stay the same 57.1%
Contract 9.6%
Close down 1.5%
Don't know 8.5%

What is your main business concern?

Cash flow 28%
Finding extra working capital 11.6%
Late payments 15.2%
Lack of skilled staff 10.1%
Tax / VAT 6%
Bank charges 3.8%
Access to good financial advice 2.7%
Managing expansion 8.4%
Competitors 14.2%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 30.5%
Finding extra working capital 10.7%
Late payments 14.3%
Lack of skilled staff 11.7%
Tax / VAT 6.7%
Bank charges 2.9%
Access to good financial advice 2.7%
Managing expansion 6.2%
Competitors 14.2%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 25.8%
Finding extra working capital 9.6%
Late payments 14%
Lack of skilled staff 14.4%
Tax / VAT 8%
Bank charges 3.8%
Access to good financial advice 2.7%
Managing expansion 5.9%
Competitors 15.8%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 28.6%
Finding extra working capital 11%
Late payments 12.9%
Lack of skilled staff 12%
Tax / VAT 8.5%
Bank charges 4.1%
Access to good financial advice 3%
Managing expansion 5.7%
Competitors 14.2%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 25.1%
Finding extra working capital 12.2%
Late payments 12.7%
Lack of skilled staff 10.8%
Tax / VAT 7.8%
Bank charges 3.1%
Access to good financial advice 2.3%
Managing expansion 8.1%
Competitors 17.9%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 25.3%
Finding extra working capital 10.4%
Late payments 15.2%
Lack of skilled staff 12.8%
Tax / VAT 6.4%
Bank charges 3.6%
Access to good financial advice 4.1%
Managing expansion 9.3%
Competitors 13%
Other 0%
None 0%
Cash flow 21%
Finding extra working capital 5.6%
Late payments 12.5%
Lack of skilled staff 13.1%
Tax / VAT 6.5%
Bank charges 3.1%
Access to good financial advice 1.5%
Managing expansion 3.8%
Competitors 21.9%
Other 11%
Cash flow 13%
Finding extra working capital 6.1%
Late payments 8.9%
Lack of skilled staff 10.9%
Tax / VAT 6%
Bank charges 1.9%
Access to good financial advice 0.8%
Managing expansion 3.7%
Competitors 14.2%
Other 3.4%
None 31.1%
Cash flow 16.3%
Finding extra working capital 8.2%
Late payments 15.9%
Lack of skilled staff 14.3%
Tax / VAT 6.1%
Bank charges 3.8%
Access to good financial advice 1.3%
Managing expansion 6.3%
Competitors 20.4%
Other 7.4%
Cash flow 20.8%
Finding extra working capital 6.7%
Late payments 11.7%
Lack of skilled staff 10.3%
Tax / VAT 6.3%
Bank charges 4.4%
Access to good financial advice 4%
Managing expansion 6.8%
Competitors 20.8%
Other (please specify) 8.2%
Cash flow 17.2%
Finding extra working capital 9.6%
Late payments 12.5%
Lack of skilled staff 8.5%
Tax / VAT 4.8%
Bank charges 3.9%
Access to good financial advice 6.1%
Managing expansion 8.5%
Competitors 21.4%
Other 7.6%
Cash flow 19.2%
Finding extra working capital 9.3%
Late payments 11.6%
Lack of skilled staff 11.2%
Tax / VAT 4.4%
Bank charges 4%
Access to good financial advice 4%
Managing expansion 9.1%
Competitors 20.2%
Other (please specify) 7.1%

What is your main business priority at the moment?

Achieving growth 38.2%
Paying down debts 18.8%
Business consolidation 20.2%
Developing our products/services 17.4%
Investing in staff 5.3%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 37.8%
Paying down debts 21.8%
Business consolidation 20.3%
Developing our products/services 14.8%
Investing in staff 5.2%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 38.7%
Paying down debts 18.6%
Business consolidation 18.3%
Developing our products/services 17.6%
Investing in staff 6.7%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 37.3%
Paying down debts 21.7%
Business consolidation 20.7%
Developing our products/services 15.2%
Investing in staff 5%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 34.9%
Paying down debts 18%
Business consolidation 22.4%
Developing our products/services 19.6%
Investing in staff 5.1%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 38%
Paying down debts 18.7%
Business consolidation 19.7%
Developing our products/services 17.6%
Investing in staff 6%
Investing in equipment or assets 0%
Other 0%
Achieving growth 28.3%
Paying down debts 15.1%
Business consolidation 17.7%
Developing our products/services 19.8%
Investing in staff 11.8%
Investing in equipment or assets 7.4%
Achieving growth 27.3%
Paying down debts 10.7%
Business consolidation 9%
Developing our products/services 17.2%
Investing in staff 9.9%
Investing in equipment or assets 5.5%
Other 20.4%
Achieving growth 31.9%
Paying down debts 14.3%
Business consolidation 20.5%
Developing our products/services 19%
Investing in staff 9.6%
Investing in equipment or assets 4.7%
Achieving growth 25.7%
Paying down debts 14.4%
Business consolidation 21.8%
Developing our products/services 21%
Investing in staff 10.2%
Investing in equipment or assets 6.9%
Achieving growth 26.3%
Paying down debts 15.6%
Business consolidation 23.7%
Developing our products/services 20.1%
Investing in staff 8.7%
Investing in equipment or assets 5.5%
Achieving growth 30.9%
Paying down debts 14.2%
Business consolidation 20.5%
Developing our products/services 20%
Investing in staff 8%
Investing in equipment or assets 6.5%
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