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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.


Is theft of physical assets by employees an issue at your business? A physical asset is an item of economic, commercial, or exchange value that has a material existence.

Yes – a significant problem 16.2%
Yes – a small problem 18.3%
No – we have very little to no theft 65.4%

Would you consider claiming credit for someone else’s work a form of theft?

Yes 55%
No 45%

Have you ever had to dismiss one (or more) of your employees because of proven theft?

yes 29.6%
no 67.2%
Unsure 3.2%

Would you say your place of work is an ethical workplace? By ethical workplace, we mean a company/ organisation that obeys the law, respects employees, is professional and promotes transparency and trust.

Strongly agree 39.2%
Agree 40.8%
Neither agree nor disagree 11.9%
Disagree 3.9%
Strongly disagree 2.7%
Don’t know 1.6%
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