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2023/2024 SME Business Survey – The results are out!

In our rapidly evolving economic landscape, SMEs face many challenges, from economic uncertainties and rising living costs to the ever-present need for skilled talent. Our latest 2023/24 SME Business Survey sheds light on the intricate dynamics shaping the SME sector and unveils critical insights that can guide businesses toward sustainable success.

Understanding the Landscape

Surveying SMEs across diverse industries, including manufacturing, aerospace and defense, agriculture, and more, our fourth annual SME Business Survey captures a comprehensive view of the challenges and key themes prevalent in the sector. While recurring issues like the cost of living crisis and staff recruitment persist, SMEs are showcasing remarkable resilience and adaptability.

Ongoing Challenges

The survey reveals that SMEs are grappling with concerns such as recession fears, rising living costs, and financial constraints. Controlling costs is a significant worry for a majority of SMEs, and matching salary increases with inflation is a top concern, reflecting the economic impact on the workforce.

Strategic Responses

In response to these challenges, SMEs are adopting conservative financial management practices and focusing on operational efficiency. The majority prefer cost reduction and efficient resource management over redundancies, highlighting a commitment to retaining skilled talent. Additionally, technological advancements, particularly in AI and cybersecurity, are gaining prominence, with SMEs considering further development and increased investment.

Recommendations for Success

Building on the survey findings, this year’s report offers tailored recommendations for SME owners. These strategies include optimising team dynamics, enhancing operational efficiency, and embracing innovative approaches to navigate the persisting challenges. With 66% of SMEs anticipating an increase in turnover, our insights aim to equip businesses with the tools for sustained success in a dynamic economic landscape.

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By gaining access to this comprehensive report, you’re not only staying informed about the current state of the SME landscape but also arming yourself with actionable insights to navigate challenges and capitalise on opportunities.

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2023/2024 SME BUSINESS SURVEY

Our latest 2023/24 SME Business Survey sheds light on the intricate dynamics shaping the SME sector and unveils critical insights that can guide businesses toward sustainable success.

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