Research commissioned by suggests that SMEs will lead voting turnout at the 2015 UK General Election with 93% of SME owners intending to vote and two thirds (67%) encouraging their staff to do the same. Over half (55%) will allow their staff to vote during business hours (around 8.4 million employees1). The figures compare favorably to the 80% of SME owners who voted in the 2010 Election, where the general turnout was just 65%.

The North East is set to have the highest turnout amongst SME business owners, with 98% intending to visit the polling stations on May 7th. The region with the lowest intended turnout is the West Midlands with 90% - which is still 25% higher than the general turnout of 2010.