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SME workforce expected to lead voting turnout for UK general election

  • Small business (SME) owner intention to vote on May 7th is running at 93% (up to 98% in some regions).
  • In 2010, voting turnout among SME owners was 80% (versus a general turnout of 65%).
  • 67% of SME owners say they’ll be encouraging their staff to vote.
  • 55% of SMEs allowing staff voting during working hours.

Research commissioned by suggests that SMEs will lead voting turnout at the 2015 UK general election with 93% of SME owners intending to vote and two thirds (67%) encouraging their staff to do the same. Over half (55%) will allow their staff to vote during business hours (around 8.4 million employees1). The figures compare favorably to the 80% of SME owners who voted in the 2010 Election, where the general turnout was just 65%.

The North East is set to have the highest turnout amongst SME business owners, with 98% intending to visit the polling stations on May 7th. The region with the lowest intended turnout is the West Midlands with 90% - which is still 25% higher than the general turnout of 2010.

A breakdown of voting intention by region is shown in the table below:

Small businesses visitng Polling Stations on 7th May will include:

  • Rockingham's in Southam CV47 0HE
  • Academy Ballons in Liverpool L17 0BJ
  • Jet Studios Limited in London SW6 4EH
  • Zen Beauty in Manchester M45 6AA
  • Zagal Limited in Bristol BS1 3AU
  • Seli-Shuss in Sheffield S1 2GL
  • Jobel Limited in Lymouth PL1 3LS
  • Radfields Home Care Limited in Shrewsbury SY3 8JY

For more information on how small business owners intend to vote, visit Make It Cheaper: The Small Business Vote.

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Further information: Nick Heath 020 7654 0730 / 07720 297972 /

Notes to editor:

Case study contact details available on request.

Total SME employee population = 15,200,000. Source: Federation of Small Businesses

Research among 1,000 UK business owners and managers was conducted by Google on behalf of Make It Cheaper on 16/04/15.