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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 71.7%
No 28.3%

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

Food 28.3%
Fuel 32.6%
Energy 34.8%
Clothing 0%
Rent 4.3%

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

Supply shortages 23.9%
Driver shortages 21.7%
Material shortages 15.2%
Influence of Brexit 8.7%
Skills shortages 10.9%
None 19.6%

Have you passed any additional costs onto customers?

Yes 37%
Partially 23.9%
No 39.1%

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

Yes 37%
No 63%

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

Yes 43.5%
No 39.1%
I haven’t noticed an increase in the cost of doing business 17.4%
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