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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.

Accessing the data

This data is free for you to use. All we ask is that you credit 'Close Brothers Asset Finance' if you do use it.

Select the year/quarter: Each 'wave' was collected at a specific time. Just select from the drop-down (above) the year/quarter you wish to view. 

Choose a question set: Below you can also choose different question sets to select data about a specific category or topic. 

Filter the data: Use the filters on the right to see the results split by gender, location, turnover, and industry. 

Compare data: If the same question has been asked in other years/quarters, you can use the drop-down underneath each chart to see how results have changed over time.


Have you personally been affected by the rising cost of living?

Yes 83.3%
No 16.7%

Of the following cost rises, which has had the most impact:

Food 40%
Fuel 53.3%
Energy 6.7%
Clothing 0%
Rent 0%

Of the following, which have inhibited your business’s growth the most:

Supply shortages 33.3%
Driver shortages 43.3%
Material shortages 6.7%
Influence of Brexit 13.3%
Skills shortages 3.3%
None 0%

Have you passed any additional costs onto customers?

Yes 63.3%
Partially 23.3%
No 13.3%

Have you had to raise wages in the past six months?

Yes 60%
No 40%

If the cost of doing business has increased for you, has it caused you cashflow issues?

Yes 63.3%
No 30%
I haven’t noticed an increase in the cost of doing business 6.7%
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