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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 usual trading?

Yes, it is making it more difficult to buy from the EU 36.7%
Yes, it is making it more difficult to sell to the EU 12.2%
Yes, it is impacting all areas of trading 10.2%
No, our trading has not been impacted 38.8%
N/A we don’t trade with the EU 2%

Have costs for your business increased because of Brexit?

Yes, costs are higher 49%
Costs are the same 20.4%
No, costs have reduced 30.6%

Has Brexit increased the time it takes to receive goods from the EU?

Yes 53.1%
No 34.7%
We don’t import from the EU 12.2%

Has Brexit increased the time it takes for your goods to reach the EU?

Yes 51%
No 26.5%
We don’t export to the EU 22.4%

Has Brexit impacted your ability to recruit the staff you need?

Yes, we’re struggling to fill vacancies 46.9%
No, we’re not struggling to fill vacancies 53.1%
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