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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 22.6%
Yes, it is making it more difficult to sell to the EU 20.8%
Yes, it is impacting all areas of trading 5.7%
No, our trading has not been impacted 39.6%
N/A we don’t trade 11.3%

Did you make special arrangements to prepare for Brexit?

Yes, all arrangements were in place in time for Brexit 26.4%
We made some arrangements 26.4%
No, we do not require special arrangements 47.2%

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

It’s more complicated / difficult 34%
It’s easier 13.2%
It’s stayed the same 26.4%
N/A we don’t access goods and supplies from the EU 26.4%

Have costs for your business increased since Brexit?

Yes, costs are higher 47.2%
Costs are the same 39.6%
No, costs have reduced 13.2%

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

Yes 45.3%
No 24.5%
N/A, we don’t import goods from the EU 30.2%

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

Yes 30.2%
No 24.5%
N/A, we don’t export products to the EU 45.3%
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