Small Business Survey 2014: SME employers - Gov.uk

The survey interviewed 5,115 businesses, each employing fewer than 250 people, across the UK. Some of these were enterprises without any employees, i.e. operated by a single individual or by partners who did not employ anyone else in the business. Results for these 'no-employee businesses' will be in a separate ...
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BIS RESEARCH PAPER NUMBER 214

Small Business Survey 2014: SME employers MARCH 2015

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Acknowledgements/ Disclaimer The authors would like to thank the project manager at BIS, Ian Drummond, and other members of the steering group for their guidance during the research and comments on the draft of the report. The findings and interpretations in this report were those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the view of BIS.

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Contents 1.

Executive summary................................................................................................................... 1 Introduction ..................................................................................................................................... 1 Profile of businesses ....................................................................................................................... 1 Profile of businesses: key trends .................................................................................................... 2 Business performance..................................................................................................................... 3 Business performance: key trends ................................................................................................. 4 Business capability .......................................................................................................................... 4 Business capability: key trends ...................................................................................................... 5 Access to finance ............................................................................................................................ 5 Access to finance: key trends ......................................................................................................... 6 Obstacles to business success: key trends .................................................................................... 7 Business support............................................................................................................................. 7 Business support: key trends ......................................................................................................... 8

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Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 9 Aims of the survey ........................................................................................................................... 9 Survey method .............................................................................................................................. 10 Note on the report ......................................................................................................................... 11 Statistical confidence..................................................................................................................... 11

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Profile of businesses .............................................................................................................. 13 Employment size (based on BPE 2014) ........................................................................................ 13 Sector (data weighted to BPE 2012) ............................................................................................. 13 Number of sites ............................................................................................................................. 16

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Whether business premises are somebody’s home ...................................................................... 17 Legal status................................................................................................................................... 18 VAT registrations........................................................................................................................... 21 Ag