By Marcus Leach

Nearly two thirds of entrepreneurs (63%) in the UK won’t stop working between Christmas and the New Year and only one in ten (12%) resents having to work during that time, new research from business software and service provider, Sage UK, today (Wednesday) revealed.

The Sage Omnibus surveyed over 1,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from its 800,000 strong UK customer base and found that five per cent of business owners are planning on working on Christmas Day, seven per cent on Boxing Day and ten per cent on New Year’s Day.

Furthermore, it showed that four out of ten business owners (39%) will work over the festive period, even though their business is officially closed.

According to Sage’s research, whilst 10% of entrepreneurs will be using the peace and quiet to plan for 2012, the majority will use the time to get on top of key business processes such as finances and payroll (62%).

One of the reasons business owners are happy to work during this period is that they can focus on tasks without distractions, and as a result 84% of respondents said that they are productive or very productive at this time of year.

However, with the majority of firms in the UK closing over the festive break the study also highlighted that this can pose challenges to the entrepreneurs that remain working. The top three frustrations for business owners are key suppliers being closed, banks being closed and IT support being unavailable.

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