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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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COVID-19

80

%

of firms have seen their cashflow impacted by the pandemic

Summary

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’

Questions

Did your firm utilise government funding schemes during the pandemic?

Yes, Bounce Back Loans 13%
Yes, CBILS 13%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 2.2%
Yes, a combination 6.5%
No 60.9%
Unsure 4.3%
Yes, Bounce Back Loans 29.8%
Yes, CBILS 12.3%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 7%
Yes, a combination 1.8%
No 47.4%
Unsure 1.8%

Would your business benefit from further government support?

Yes 54.3%
No 45.7%

Should the government bring back the furlough scheme?

Yes, for all 17.4%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 56.5%
No 26.1%

Has the Omicron variant impacted your staffing levels?

Yes, significantly 13%
Yes, slightly 52.2%
No 34.8%

Is your firm preparing for further variants?

Yes 60.9%
No 39.1%

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

Full time 52.2%
Part-time / hybrid 28.3%
They can continue to work from home 10.9%
I don’t employ anyone 8.7%

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

Yes 33.3%
No 33.3%
Unsure 16.7%
We don’t have employees based at home 16.7%

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

Yes 33.3%
No 33.3%
Unsure 16.7%
We don’t have employees based at home 16.7%

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

Yes 40.5%
No 35.7%
Unsure 23.8%
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