Christmas comes second to work for SME owners

Watson Buckle has commented on news that, 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.

Susan Sedgwick, Managing Director at Bradford-based accountants Watson Buckle, said: “Missing big events and not taking holiday days shows the pressure that many small firms are under.” Susan went on to say that Watson Buckle can assist SMEs with a number of tasks that they may be trying to undertake on their own.

“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, the self-assessment tax return, and the implications of auto-enrolment,” said Susan.

“I hope that everyone gets to enjoy the holidays and that’s why I’d like to remind SME owners that we can help you with your backlog. We can pick up the pieces and help your business to run smoothly throughout the festive season and into 2016.

“At Watson Buckle, we understand the pressures faced by SMEs and so we want to help business owners to achieve a healthy work-life balance and put Christmas back on the calendar,” concluded Susan.

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Written on 15th December 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News