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The most successful businesses are ambitious in their investments, from talent acquisition and product development to new technology and overseas markets. But our Trade Barometer indicates there has been a worrying decline in business investment across all sectors of the UK economy over the past 12 months.

Britain’s businesses will need to resolve a serious skills shortage if their ambitions for expansion, both at home and abroad, are to be achieved. This is the warning from our latest Trade Barometer research. And while these problems can be managed, the study also suggests the cumulative effect of concerns over Brexit, as well as other headwinds, has made it more difficult to confront the skills gap.

The Spring 2019 Santander Trade barometer research shows just how important skilled workers are for future growth. But economic uncertainty could jeopardise many businesses' willingness to invest in their people. 

The UK's planned departure from the EU has already led to a reduction in the pool of EU nationals looking to work in the UK, which, coupled with a general drag on business investment, could have serious implications for the UK's wider economic performance. As we saw from Santander's Trailblazers report published earlier this year, there is a clear link between investment in staff and company growth.

The Spring 2019 Santander Trade Barometer research suggests many companies are planning to invest less in their businesses over the next 12 months as uncertainty undermines their confidence.

New research from the Spring 2019 Santander Trade Barometer shows that British businesses are willing to look outside Europe for new trading opportunities. But they face important challenges that range from dealing with red tape to identifying the best routes to market.

Growing numbers of businesses are unnerved by the ongoing uncertainties of Brexit and geopolitics, the latest Santander Trade Barometer research reveals, suggesting they would benefit greatly from more advice and practical support.


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