Christmas comes second to work for SME owners

Date: 16/12/15

Christmas comes second to work for SME owners

According to Zurich’s latest SME Risk Index, 49 per cent of the UK’s small business owners worked on Christmas Day last year. 

The research indicated the challenges of achieving a work-life balance, with a further nine per cent having admitted to missing their child’s nativity play and 13 per cent having missed the Christmas party.

Furthermore, the research went on to show that 14 per cent of decision makers have not taken any annual leave this year, whilst 18 per cent have not had more than 10 days off this year.

Missing big events and not taking holiday days shows the pressure that many small firms are under.

This is a very busy time of the year for everyone, especially SMEs.  In gearing up for Christmas, there are so many things to deal with, such as payroll/auto enrolment, the self-assessment tax return and completion of VAT returns.  All of these things can be outsourced to your accountant.

We understand the pressures faced by SMEs and so are more than happy to help business owners to achieve a healthy work-life balance.  

If you require any further information or would like to know how we could help, then please contact the office.


Sam McMorland FCCA

Author: Sam McMorland FCCA

Sam joined Scott & Wilkinson in 2002, qualifying as an Accountant in 2007.  Sam was a pupil at Giggleswick School and moved to the Lancaster area in 1999 in order to attend Lancaster University, where she obtained a degree in Mathematics...

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