Hitachi business research reveals worst growth outlook for retail sector since 2016

Hitachi business research reveals worst growth outlook for retail sector since 2016

Posted 13 February, 2020 at 11:00

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (ISW) Independent Shop Watch


LOWEST GROWTH OUTLOOK FOR RETAIL IN FOUR YEARS

Retail sector posts weakest small business outlook for 2020

 

·      Less than a third of small businesses in the retail sector are predicting growth for the early months of 2020 (31%)

·      This is the worst growth outlook for the retail sector since the start of 2016 (31%). 

·      The figures for the retail sector contrast sharply with the national picture, where two in five small business leaders (39%) predict growth by 31 March – the highest level for 18 months.

Top 10 issues keeping retail business leaders up at night

Issue keeping retail owners up at night 

%

Possible impact of Brexit

31%

Economic volatility

31%

Managing cash flow

27%

Retaining business

21%

Red tape

21%

Tax and interest rates

19%

Compliance and regulations

17%

Weather

16%

Business rates

13%

Borrowing and lending

7%

 

Gavin Wraith-Carter, Managing Director at Hitachi Capital Business Finance said: “Last year small businesses had to adapt to a period of protracted Brexit uncertainty and the economic ripple it delivered to sectors across the UK. We start 2020 with far greater certainty and our research suggests small businesses have switched from staying afloat through cost-cutting to a new era of planning for sales growth, investing in people and product diversification to boost bottom-line growth. While 10% of business leaders are investing in training, the remaining 90% should be giving this serious thought, and what options that are available to businesses. 

 

“Our research also suggests that more small business owners recognise the need to adopt flexibility in their budgeting, whilst safeguarding their financial strength by building up their financial reserves. These factors point towards 2020 being a year when more small businesses will be looking for finance to help to realise their growth ambitions. We would encourage business owners to shop around, to look beyond the high street lenders and talk to specialists that can offer flexible solutions that are tailored to the needs of their business.”

 

More information about Hitachi Capital Business Finance training and content guides:

 

Information about bespoke training courses and workshops

https://www.hitachicapital.co.uk/business-finance/franchise-finance/business-training-for-your-franchise/

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