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01 June 2018

New research, loneliness and the self-employed

New research from YouGov Omnibus and the Campaign to End Loneliness finds that RESIZED cute-friendship-fun-569163 over half (54%) of UK adults say it has been a long time since they made a new valued connection or friend. At FSB we are aware that the self-employed and business owners can be particularly susceptible to feelings of loneliness and this is something that FSB has been helping to tackle.

The new data suggests that part of the reason people may feel this way could be due to a lack of time, something that those running their own business often feel acutely. Almost half (49%) of respondents said being busy in their day-to-day lives prevents them from connecting with others as much as they would like to.

All UK small business owners and the self-employed have access to FSB Connect networking events around the UK. Events like these can be beneficial to feelings of wellbeing and are a great way to make new contacts and friends and share experiences. In addition, FSB members have automatic access to a unique medical and health service called FSB Care.

The YouGov and Campaign to End Loneliness survey shows that those aged 45-54 are the most likely (59%) to say that it has been a long time since they made a new valued connection or friend, followed by 58% of 25-34 year-olds and 56% of those aged 35-44. However, the youngest (18-24, 50%) and oldest (55+, 49%) are the least likely to say they felt it had been a while since they had made a new friend.

FSB National Chair Mike Cherry said: “While setting up and running your own business can be one of the most challenging and rewarding things you’ll ever do, there can also be moments when it’s easy to feel isolated or lonely – with no one to share responsibility and no-one to talk to about worries or concerns. This can escalate into mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. We’re urging small business owners and the self-employed to utilise business networking groups as a vehicle for connectivity to enhance their wellbeing.”

More people than ever are taking the brave decision to become their own boss, and a growing number of self-employed people running their business from home, because of a number of factors, including high business rates and technological advances.

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