More than a third of small business owners in Scotland will miss Christmas celebrations this year due to business commitments
More than a third (38%) of small business owners in Scotland will miss Christmas celebrations this year due to business and work load commitments, according to new research from Edinburgh-based funder Ultimate Finance.
Over a third of Scottish small business owners have missed Christmas Day celebrations because of business commitments, higher than the national average of 24%
Nine out of 10 say that their business has had a negative impact on relationships and family life
Almost three-quarters (70%) have missed a special family occasion such as a birthday – significantly higher than the UK average of 48%
Steve Noble, Chief Operating Officer at Ultimate Finance, said: “Christmas is an important time of year for many reasons, not least that it is one of the few times when there is potential for the majority of people in Britain to relax with family and friends. This is particularly important for SMEs who often work extremely long and lonely hours.
“Our research shows that many small business owners in Scotland are not getting this opportunity; instead the stresses and strains of running a company is constant. This never-ending work pattern can put strains on personal relationships, further isolating those who are not finding the time to take off. It is important that the issue of pressure on SMEs is addressed as a serious problem.”
Business Psychologist Robert Stewart added: “Taking time out to spend with friends and family is an important part of life. It can be restorative and help with mental wellbeing. I find that business leaders often struggle to strike this work / life balance, sometimes feeling guilty about ‘downtime’ despite very much wanting to more spend time with loved ones. Not getting that time off can be extremely detrimental, and I welcome this research which shows the true extent of the problem which we can work together as a single business community to tackle.”
The independent survey, carried out by 3Gem on behalf of SME funding partner Ultimate Finance, questioned hundreds of managing directors, across a range of sectors, about the impact that running their business was having on their lives.
Ultimate Finance conducted the research as part of a larger SME wellbeing campaign, with the aim of highlighting the need for small business owners to consider their own health, as well as their employees. To help SMEs who need support with their wellbeing, the funder has created an information hub with insight and guidance on a range of business wellbeing topics.