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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.

Use the drop-downs to select a year and quarter to look at the data we collected at that time.

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of firms have seen their cashflow impacted by the pandemic


Published March 2021

No business has escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In our research we track its continuing influence, from the economic to how business owners’ mental health is making it more difficult to ‘switch off’


Did your firm utilise government funding schemes during the pandemic?

Yes, Bounce Back Loans 26.3%
Yes, CBILS 5.3%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 15.8%
Yes, a combination 5.3%
No 42.1%
Unsure 5.3%
Yes, Bounce Back Loans 20%
Yes, CBILS 13.3%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 0%
Yes, a combination 20%
No 26.7%
Unsure 20%

Would your business benefit from further government support?

Yes 70%
No 30%

Should the government bring back the furlough scheme?

Yes, for all 36.8%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 26.3%
No 36.8%

Has the Omicron variant impacted your staffing levels?

Yes, significantly 35%
Yes, slightly 35%
No 30%

Is your firm preparing for further variants?

Yes 60%
No 40%

With Covid restrictions easing across the UK, will you expect your firm’s employees to be back in the office:

Full time 50%
Part-time / hybrid 35%
They can continue to work from home 15%
I don’t employ anyone 0%

Do you anticipate employees currently based at home to resist coming into the office?

Yes 70%
No 25%
Unsure 5%
We don’t have employees based at home 0%

Is your firm prepared to start disciplinary proceedings against employees who refuse to return to the office?

Yes 35%
No 40%
Unsure 25%
We don’t have employees based at home 0%

Will your business require employees to wear face masks indoors even after the lifting of restrictions?

Yes 40%
No 50%
Unsure 10%

Has your firm utilised government funding schemes during the pandemic?

Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme 0%
Future Growth Loan Scheme 0%
Yes, a combination 0%
No 100%
Unsure 0%

Should the government bring back the Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme?

Yes, for all 0%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 100%
No 0%
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