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

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of SME business owners thought Brexit would actually happen


Published August 2019

UK SME business owners voiced their concern that what they wanted and what they were going to get from the Brexit process was going to be very different. The survey of 900 firms conducted in April 2019 showed that while four in 10 respondents wanted the UK to leave the EU, only 27% thought it would actually happen; a further 27% wanted the UK to remain in the EU while just 12% thought this would be the eventual outcome.


Is your business concerned about the impact Brexit is having on your business’ usual trading?

Yes, it is making it more difficult to buy from the EU 22.9%
Yes, it is making it more difficult to sell to the EU 20.7%
Yes, it is impacting all areas of trading 12.3%
No, our trading has not been impacted 32.6%
N/A we don’t trade 11.6%

Did you make special arrangements to prepare for Brexit?

Yes, all arrangements were in place in time for Brexit 27%
We made some arrangements 33.7%
No, we do not require special arrangements 39.3%

How has your business found accessing supplies and goods from the EU since Brexit?

It’s more complicated / difficult 33.8%
It’s easier 17.4%
It’s stayed the same 22.1%
N/A we don’t access goods and supplies from the EU 26.7%

Have costs for your business increased since Brexit?

Yes, costs are higher 42.3%
Costs are the same 45.3%
No, costs have reduced 12.3%

Has Brexit had an impact on your firm’s ability to import goods from the EU?

Yes 38.8%
No 30.6%
N/A, we don’t import goods from the EU 30.7%

Has Brexit impacted your firm’s ability to export products to the EU?

Yes 33.4%
No 27.6%
N/A, we don’t export products to the EU 39%
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