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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 13.3%
Yes, CBILS 10.3%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 4.1%
Yes, a combination 7.7%
No 58.5%
Unsure 6.2%
Yes, Bounce Back Loans 10.2%
Yes, CBILS 10.2%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 8.1%
Yes, a combination 8.9%
No 58.3%
Unsure 4.3%

Has your firm utilised government funding schemes during the pandemic?

Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme 4.5%
Future Growth Loan Scheme 4.5%
Yes, a combination 22.7%
No 68.2%
Unsure 0%

Would your business benefit from further government support?

Yes 53%
No 47%

Should the government bring back the furlough scheme?

Yes, for all 19%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 41.5%
No 39.5%

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

Yes, for all 27.3%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 40.9%
No 31.8%

Has the Omicron variant impacted your staffing levels?

Yes, significantly 20.3%
Yes, slightly 25.3%
No 54.4%

Is your firm preparing for further variants?

Yes 49.3%
No 50.7%

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

Full time 43.3%
Part-time / hybrid 26.3%
They can continue to work from home 11.1%
I don’t employ anyone 19.4%

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

Yes 36%
No 34.9%
Unsure 16%
We don’t have employees based at home 13.1%

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

Yes 25.1%
No 44.6%
Unsure 14.3%
We don’t have employees based at home 16%

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

Yes 44.6%
No 39.4%
Unsure 16%
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