Survey: UK SMEs share their Christmas shutdown action plans

At Action Storage, we appreciate the powerful impact that organising your business can have on your output – whether it’s reinventing your office layout, managing your workload or streamlining day-to-day operations.

With Christmas being the most hectic time of year for entrepreneurs across a broad range of sectors, we’ve conducted a new online study designed to shed light on how the UK’s business owners prepare for the Christmas period (helping you to do the same) – and the results are in.

Survey respondents were able to select multiple answers, and you’ll find the results broken down below – segmented by gender and age group.

 

Topline results:

In which of the following ways does your business prepare for the Christmas shutdown?

  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 54.0%
  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 52.0%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 33.0%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 29.0%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 25.0%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 16.0%
  • Other: 10.0%

 

Men:

  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 54.9%
  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 51.0%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 33.3%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 27.5%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 25.5%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 11.8%
  • Other: 7.8%

 

Women:

  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 57.1%
  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 49.0%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 32.7%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 30.6%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 24.5%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 20.4%
  • Other: 12.2%

 

18-24 year olds:

  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 55.6%
  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 51.1%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 44.4%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 42.2%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 22.2%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 11.1%
  • Other: 8.9%

 

25-34 year olds:

  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 50.0%
  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 47.6%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 33.3%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 31.0%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 28.6%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 14.3%
  • Other: 9.5%

 

35-44 year olds:

  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 60.9%
  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 56.5%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 34.8%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 26.1%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 21.7%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 13.0%
  • Other: 8.7%

 

45-54 year olds:

  • Prioritising urgent tasks/projects: 57.1%
  • Communicating deadlines & opening hours: 47.6%
  • Managing staff resource at peak periods: 42.9%
  • Deep cleaning and organising your office or store: 28.6%
  • Implementing additional security measures: 14.3%
  • Paying staff/chasing invoices: 11.9%
  • Other: 9.5%

 

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