How confident are you feeling about your business prospects, right now? And how about in two years’ time, when the UK will be living post-Brexit?
Small businesses account for £1.8 trillion of the nation’s economy, yet in times of uncertainty they are almost always the first businesses to feel the effects of adversity.
Amidst the speculation, everyone wants to know how small businesses are really faring. Opus Energy has published the Brighter Business Report, which is answering all the big questions.
Over 500 SMEs were surveyed to find out what they’re thinking about their current business prospects – from money worries to recruiting plans, business growth to business obstacles, and much more.
Are you among the SMEs predicting your business to grow by 20% over the next two years? You may be surprised to find that 59% of your fellow business owners are expecting to increase their headcount soon, or which advisors SMEs are going to for financial advice (hint: there’s more than one answer).
As well as a thorough investigation into how UK businesses are progressing and where their plans lie, Opus Energy dug in to find out how SMEs are feeling following a majority referendum vote to leave the EU. Whether you were engaged throughout the EU debate or tried to stay away from all talk of politics, there’s no denying that a political upheaval will likely affect our day to day businesses in some small way or other.
Find out how people’s confidence levels have changed, and which business areas they are most and least worried about in an uncertain future.
Plus, we’ve thrown in some of the most popular Brighter Business tips and advice for anyone looking to tackle the crucial areas of business growth, recruitment and staff retention.