Stat of the day: 49%

The percentage of small businesses that say they want to delay the May Day Bank holiday

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The nation may have rejoiced as sunshine and the royal wedding combined to create a pretty decent couple of bank holidays, but businesses were less enthusiastic. In fact, according to research, nearly half of small businesses would rather delay the May Day holiday till later in the year.

October is the favourite choice, with 37% of those surveyed saying they liked the Government’s suggestions for a ‘Trafalgar Day.’ September was the next most popular, getting 15% of the vote.

But whether workers even get to enjoy the holiday is another matter. The survey from IFF Research also showed that 42% of SMEs were open yesterday, despite it being a statutory public holiday. And around a sixth think there are too many bank holidays as it is, and that it’s too costly for their business. Bah, humbug.

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