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Boost in employee numbers for small businesses

Research has found that smaller businesses are taking on more staff.

According to the government’s Small Business Survey of 15,000 SMEs, 24% of employers had more people working for them in 2015 than in 2014.

Only 1 in 10 reported a reduction in staff, down from 21% in 2010.

The survey also found that 95% of employers use the internet in the workplace, 76% have their own website and 55% actively use social media.

Further findings include:

  • 81% of SMEs that applied for finance secured all or some of what they asked for 
  • bank overdrafts were the most common type of finance
  • 5% of finance was made up of peer-to-peer lending
  • 30% of employers continue to have issues with late payments
  • SMEs are 3% more likely to report higher turnover than last year.

Small business minister Anna Soubry, said:

“This survey shines a light on the small businesses that drive our economy and employ millions of people across the country - and it’s good news that small firms continue to employ more people.”

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