Wholesale/retail: financial risk rating of SMEs in the UK 2014-2019

This statistic shows the distribution of small and medium enterprises (SME) in the wholesale and retail sector in the United Kingdom (UK) from the years ending June 2014 to June 2019, by financial risk rating. In June 2019, it was found that 40 percent of wholesale and retail sector SMEs were rated as having worse than average financial risk.

Distribution of small and medium enterprises (SME) in the wholesale and retail sector in the United Kingdom (UK) from the years ending June 2014 to June 2019, by financial risk rating*

June 2014June 2015June 2016June 2017June 2018June 2019
Minimal risk6%7%9%8%9%10%
Low risk14%19%25%19%24%20%
Average risk33%35%24%26%26%30%
Worse than average risk47%39%43%47%41%40%
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2014 to 2018

Number of respondents

4,500 respondents

Special properties

SME**

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

* The respondent was the person in charge of managing the business’s finances. Data was collected via interview.
**In order to qualify for inclusion in this survey, SMEs had to meet the following criteria in addition to the quotas by size, sector and region:
Not 50%+ owned by another company
Not run as a social enterprise or as a not for profit organization
Turnover of less than £25m

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