SME owners view their businesses as success stories

SME owners view their businesses as success stories

48% of SME owners created their own business because they wanted to become their own boss, and 92% are glad they did it, according to the latest Aldermore Future Attitudes report.

The majority of SME bosses (85%) view their business to be a success. Furthermore, UK small businesses that were established in the springtime are flourishing the most.

88% of SME owners whose businesses began trading in this particular season, representing more than 4.8 million firms in the UK, say their business is a “triumph”.  The report states that firms set up during the early 2000s are doing particularly well, with over nine in ten (92%) leaders saying their organisations are thriving.

However, businesses set-up between 2010 and 2011 seem to be doing less well, with fewer than nine in ten (86%) leaders believing their business is a success. This is also the case for businesses still finding their feet, with just 59% of SME owners who launched their business this year or last, stating that they are currently flourishing.

The data also found that more new businesses were launched between 2007 and 2017 than they were in the 1990s. This finding is further supported by the latest industry figures, which reveal the UK has witnessed a significant jump in the number of business ‘births’ occurring per year. 383,000 businesses were created in 2015, compared to only 275,000 businesses in 2005, an increase of 39% in a decade.

Past 10 years of the most recent recorded UK business births:

Year Number of business births
2005 275,000
2006 256,000
2007 281,000
2008 267,000
2009 236,000
2010 235,000
2011 261,000
2012 270,000
2013 346,000
2014 351,000
2015 383,000

Source: ONS

Aldermore’s study further revealed the range of reasons why people wanted to set up their own business in the first place. 48% of SME owners simply wanted to become their own boss, 45% needed more flexibility in their lives and 43% wanted to be free to make their own decisions. 30% of leaders simply felt they could do better on their own, with 27% admitting they were fed up with office politics and that they wanted to make more money.

92% of SME bosses were glad they set up on their own, although 50% did admit that it was much harder work than they expected.  32% said their life’s dream had been fulfilled.

Carl D’Ammassa, group managing director, business finance at Aldermore, said: “With more people looking to become their own boss, it is vital they have a clear business plan in place to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, both in the run up to launch and, more importantly, throughout the critical first 12 months of trading.

“Small and medium-sized businesses play a critical role in strengthening the UK economy and we must provide them with as much support as possible to ensure they triumph in the long run. Establishing or owning a business is a dream for many, however it is key that all budding entrepreneurs realise the extensive amount of time and effort that will be needed to achieve their goals.”

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