Consumer support reduces the risk of small business failure
The risk of small business failure has fallen over the past year as more people turn to SMEs, providing an optimistic outlook for the UK’s small business landscape. ONS figures analysed by the London School of Economics (LSE) reveal that just 5.7% of small businesses are at risk of failure, compared to 15% at the beginning of 2021. The figures also showed that the risk of closure among companies with less than ten employees dropped below 5%, whilst it stood at 15% at the start of the year.
UK SMEs have battled various obstacles over the past few years to register impressive growth throughout 2022 which is set to continue this summer with the support of loyal customers. Small business owners continue to demonstrate elicit optimism for the months ahead, with two-thirds (66%) of SMEs reporting they are expecting sales to grow over the next year. SMEs continue to be vital for the growth of the UK business landscape, accounting for 99.9% of the UK business population, three-fifths of employment and nearly half of turnover in the UK private sector.
A study from IW Capital found that 16% of UK investors are looking to back start-ups and newly formed businesses. In fact, from an investment standpoint, the small business sector could be one of the most interesting sectors in the UK business ecosystem.