As pandemic laws are lifted, new survey finds over a third of SMEs kept calm and carried on in 2021

purbeck insuranceBy Legal Futures Associate Purbeck Insurance Services

A new survey amongst the employees of SMEs by Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance, the UK’s only provider of Personal Guarantee Insurance to business owners and the partners/directors of solicitors firms, has found that over a third of SMEs (34%) took no measures at all to deal with the pandemic over the past year.

12% of respondents said the business they worked for actually increased headcount during the past twelve months, compared to 14% that reduced staff numbers. Furthermore, 9% of respondents confirmed that within their business, workers’ hours had been increased in 2021 and 8% worked for a business that had found new investment in the past year.

While concerns are rising over the number of businesses now struggling to honour Government backed loans, the findings paint a more positive picture of how far the pandemic impacted the U.K.’s SME community, and how resilient many firms have been in the face of unprecedented operational challenges during the second year of the pandemic.

Todd Davison, MD of Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance said: “It is hugely encouraging to understand that over a third of SMEs were able ‘keep calm and carry on’ without recourse to Government support or taking their own measures to cut costs. While we seem to be reaching the other side of the pandemic, with all remaining domestic laws to be lifted, it will be the survival of the fittest in 2022 as businesses face increased running costs and the continuing challenges over late payment of invoices.

“Any solicitor involved in securing new loan facilities for an SME client will be aware that their client will almost certainly need to sign a personal guarantee as security for the loan.  It is vital SME business owners not only fully understand the risks but also how to mitigate them, with Personal Guarantee Insurance increasingly being sought out as a solution. New funding should not mean unnecessary risk for business owners, particularly after such a tumultuous two years.”

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