Trade Barometer

Monitoring business sentiment towards growth, risk and international trade

Helping businesses achieve their international ambitions

We regularly analyse the responses of businesses with the size and ambition to engage in international trade, to provide unique insight into current business attitudes. This helps us to offer the right guidance and support to help businesses achieve their international ambitions.

of internationally trading companies are confident about future growth, compared to just 70% of businesses trading only in the UK.

of internationally trading businesses say that future growth is dependent on their ability to attract skilled staff.

of international companies see bureaucracy as a major operational challenge.

Spring 2022 Executive Summary

UK businesses have begun 2022 with a renewed sense of optimism. Their confidence has bounced back from the most difficult days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they hope for accelerated growth as the final restrictions fall away from the UK economy. Their trading performance, both at home and in international markets, has already begun to improve.

The Santander Spring 2022 Trade Barometer report identifies the opportunities that businesses are most excited about in 2022 and beyond, and the challenges they will need to overcome in order to turn ambition into reality.

of companies anticipate that rising inflation will negatively impact their business in the next 12 months.

of companies view shipping costs as a challenge when operating in international markets.

of companies expect international markets to be a main driver of post-pandemic recovery.

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