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What is the Global Business Monitor? 

The Global Business Monitor is an international survey of over 1,200 SMEs across the U.S., Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Hong Kong. Respondent businesses were those with turnover up to £25m and less than 250 employees in the wholesale, manufacturing, construction, transport, and service sectors.

Key findings

  • Almost three quarters of SMEs (73%) had concerns about the global economy.
  • Rising costs were cited as a challenge for half of businesses surveyed.
  • Almost a quarter (24%) said that foreign exchange fluctuations are the biggest barrier to international trade.
  • One in five businesses described the availability of finance in their country as poor.

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