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CONSERVATORIES


MORE THAN HALF SMALL TRADE BUSINESSES RELY ON SPOUSE OR PARTNER FOR HELP


According to research by Direct Line for Business (“DL4B”), more than half (51 per cent) of small trade business owners and managers rely on spouses and partners to help run their company.


Te research by DL4B* revealed that 46 per cent of small trade business owners and key decision makers rely on their partners to carry out general business administration while one in five (19 per cent) employs their partner as a receptionist. In fact more than one in seven (14 per cent) trusts their partners to look after legal and accounting services. A further eight per cent of small trade business owners and key decision makers look to their partners to carry out sales, marketing and new business generation responsibilities. But despite small trade business owners and key decision makers suggesting their partners work on average two


days a week (with one in four working three or more days a week), nearly a third (31 per cent) do not pay their partner any money at all.


Tis selfless contribution is particularly apparent as DL4B’s research showed that on average, partners have been helping each other for over four and a half years. In addition, two in three (65 per cent) people who help out in their partner’s small trade businesses have other employment elsewhere. Of these, one in four (26 per cent) works full time and two in five (39 per cent) work part time at another business.


Jazz Gakhal, Head of Direct Line for


Business commented: “Small businesses are crucial in re-energising the UK economy. It is, therefore, heartening to see partners working together to help sustain these small


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‘one in five (19 per cent) employs their partner as a receptionist’


companies despite not being fully financially compensated and in many cases not paid at all. It is clear that small trade businesses are seeking voluntary help from their partners to avoid high legal, secretarial or IT support fees but it is vital that these businesses ensure their partners are adequately covered in event of an accident.”


*Te research by DL4B looked at small trade businesses employing less than five people with an average annual turnover of around £124,000. ICM interviewed a representative sample of 200 tradespeople on behalf of Direct line for Business May 18th – 21st 2012Breakdown.


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