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SME Data Hub

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 18.8%
Yes, CBILS 12.5%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 12.5%
Yes, a combination 18.8%
No 37.5%
Unsure 0%
Yes, Bounce Back Loans 30%
Yes, CBILS 10%
Yes, Recovery Loan Scheme 13.3%
Yes, a combination 6.7%
No 40%
Unsure 0%

Would your business benefit from further government support?

Yes 68.8%
No 31.3%

Should the government bring back the furlough scheme?

Yes, for all 37.5%
Yes, but only for sectors that need it 43.8%
No 18.8%

Has the Omicron variant impacted your staffing levels?

Yes, significantly 43.8%
Yes, slightly 50%
No 6.3%

Is your firm preparing for further variants?

Yes 87.5%
No 12.5%

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

Full time 68.8%
Part-time / hybrid 18.8%
They can continue to work from home 12.5%
I don’t employ anyone 0%

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

Yes 62.5%
No 25%
Unsure 12.5%
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 37.5%
No 37.5%
Unsure 12.5%
We don’t have employees based at home 12.5%

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

Yes 56.3%
No 31.3%
Unsure 12.5%
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