Smith & Williamson Brexit Report

The Smith & Williamson Brexit report surveys the views of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs and scale-up business leaders to gauge their confidence in their business and the UK economy.

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How scale-up business can meet Brexit challenges

This special Brexit report examines how UK entrepreneurs and scale-up businesses have been affected by the EU referendum over the past twelve months.
Our study analyses what steps these businesses are taking to respond to difficulties and uncertainty in the market, while simultaneously predicting what challenges and opportunities await the scale-up business community.

We surveyed over 1,100 entrepreneurs and scale-up leaders over the past twelve months to map their confidence in their business and the economy.
The research focuses on a range of subjects, covering macro problems such as whether the UK economy might improve and if the government was truly supportive of private enterprise.

Our research drilled down to the specific issues affecting scale-up businesses, including whether the respondent’s business was looking to increase headcount or if their appetite to borrowing had changed in the recent past.

These questions allowed us to get to the core concerns of UK entrepreneurs and scale-up business leaders, as well as helping them navigate these difficult times.
The results were encouraging: the entrepreneurial, and scale-up, community are apparently trying to shake off the negative effects of Brexit.
Fears linger around access to funding but, largely, Britain’s businesses exude an air of confidence. Come what may, most scale-ups will not put their plans on hold and are looking to expand.

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