UK SMEs plan a £1.7bn Brexit boost

16 January 2020

British businesses are planning a £1.7 billion investment boost over the next two years as Brexit uncertainty ends, Together’s new survey has revealed.

Plans to expand premises and employ more staff top the agenda for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the results of the study we commissioned.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of owners and senior executives at SMEs – the equivalent of 1.6 million businesses - plan to move premises as apprehension over the UK’s departure from the European Union ebbs away.

Meanwhile 23 per cent of companies who took part in the survey said they plan to expand their workforce in the next two years.

The survey results were published today after the EU withdrawal bill was voted through the Commons last week, with just The House of Lords left to navigate before the UK leaves the EU on January 31.

Andrew Charnley, our head of corporate relationships said: “Our survey has identified major commitments in the North and Midlands in particular where firms plan to spend more than a third of the cash.”

The maps below show the picture across the UK and how Brexit uncertainty has affected SMEs and the impact of the end of uncertainty on business optimism.

How much are SMEs planning to invest?
How optimistic are SMEs after uncertainty ended?

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