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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 concerned about the impact Brexit is having on trading


Published April 2021

UK SME business owners voiced their concern about the impact Brexit is having on their trading, with 56% finding it more difficult to buy and/or sell with the EU compared to 32% who have not seen their trading impacted. The survey of 900 firms conducted in April 2021 also found that 34% now find it more complicated to access goods and supplies compared to just 17% who feel it is simpler.


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 17.3%
Yes, it is making it more difficult to sell to the EU 18.4%
Yes, it is impacting all areas of trading 6.1%
No, our trading has not been impacted 36.7%
N/A we don’t trade 21.4%

Did you make special arrangements to prepare for Brexit?

Yes, all arrangements were in place in time for Brexit 21.4%
We made some arrangements 27.6%
No, we do not require special arrangements 51%

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

It’s more complicated / difficult 28.6%
It’s easier 9.2%
It’s stayed the same 20.4%
N/A we don’t access goods and supplies from the EU 41.8%

Have costs for your business increased since Brexit?

Yes, costs are higher 27.6%
Costs are the same 52%
No, costs have reduced 20.4%

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

Yes 33.7%
No 24.5%
N/A, we don’t import goods from the EU 41.8%

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

Yes 21.4%
No 23.5%
N/A, we don’t export products to the EU 55.1%
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