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Simply Business SME Insights Report

A detailed analysis of the UK’s small businesses, from market confidence and finances to challenges and future plans.

The Simply Business SME Insights Report is an annual study of challenges and trends in the small business sector.

Our in-depth survey of small business owners gives us unique insight into their needs and concerns, from funding to regulation.

The data also highlights macroeconomic trends to help us understand the overall state of SMEs in the UK.

Download our report for an overview.

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The small business landscape in 2022

Our SME Insights Report reveals the financial challenges and survival tactics of the nation’s small businesses. Watch the video below to see the key findings from our report.

Small businesses put survival tactics in place to combat rising costs

Many businesses are still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, while 70 per cent see rising costs as their single biggest challenge in 2022.

As a result, business owners are adopting survival tactics in the next six months to protect their long-term future.

Small business survival tactics

Read more about the challenges facing small business owners, against a backdrop of rising costs.

Suveying 1,000+ SMEs

Surveying 1,000+ SMEs

This is the first Simply Business SME Insights Report – an annual study of the UK small business landscape.

To create the report, we spoke to 1,013 of our small business customers in May 2022.

The importance of small businesses can’t be underestimated – they account for 99 per cent of all British businesses and contribute a combined £2 trillion in annual turnover to the UK economy.

We wanted to understand what it’s like to be a small business owner in 2022, from the unique challenges they face to their confidence levels and economic outlook.

Johnathan Portes

An economist’s view

Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London.

Previously he was Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), the UK's longest established independent economic research institute, and prior to that Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office.

His current research concentrates on the economic implications of Brexit; and immigration.

More reports and insights

Empowering women in business

Empowering women in business

Only 29 per cent of small businesses in the UK are run by women and one in three female business owners have experienced sexism.

Read more about our survey of women business owners to find out the challenges they face and the opportunities ahead.

The side hustle boom

The side hustle boom

Over one third of people in the UK now run their own side hustle, with some entrepreneurs expecting to make more than £5,000 in additional income this year.

Read more about how to start a side hustle, plus information on the legalities, and the business ideas you could try.

Small business news 2022

About Simply Business

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