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Half of firms unable to run at full capacityHalf of all UK businesses are currently unable to run at full operational capacity, according to research commissioned by logistics firm One World Express. The poll of more than 350 decision-makers found that 50% have seen no improvement in business performance since lockdown restrictions began to ease in April. It was found that half of all businesses have experienced staff shortages as a result of employees being asked to isolate. This left 81% of small businesses understaffed, while the rate among firms with 250 or more employees was lower, at 54%. While half of UK firms have been unable to return to full operational capacity, among micro businesses – those with two to nine employees – the proportion is 71%. Close to two-thirds (63%) of respondents believe the Government should be clearer on long term financial support for businesses. Despite the impact of the pandemic and resulting lockdowns, 56% of those polled remain confident about the future.

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