SME owners in the UK are at breaking point, new research from Opus Energy reveals. Just over 3 in 4 (76%) SME owners are losing sleep over their business, with company finances and costs (35%), work/life balance (27%) and attracting customers (24%) the main reasons cited for the lack of shut eye.
The strains of running a business are also putting pressures on the home lives of SME owners, with four in five (79%) making personal sacrifices for the sake of their business over the past 12 months. Over a third state they have sacrificed personal time (36%), 31% have reduced their holidays and another 29% have gone without pay. In fact, 23% of SME owners said they worked even when on holiday, with a further 14% saying they don’t take any holidays at all.