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Research carried out by Intuit UK reveals that the majority of small business owners can’t bear to leave their work behind when they take a vacation. Almost three quarters of small company owners work while they are on holiday and 14 percent spend more time working than relaxing.

Although holidays should be relaxing for the owners of small businesses, 35 percent spend their vacation worrying about their business, while 22 percent return back to work more stressed than when they left. Women are more likely to worry about their business than men, with 43 percent worrying about a holiday away from their company.

A reflection of the tough economic pressures facing small businesses is that 47 percent of retailers don’t like to leave their business in order to go on holiday, while 49 percent of business owners in the hospitality and leisure industry worry about their business while they are away. Business owners between the age of 35 and 44 are more likely to return to their company more stressed than before their holiday, with 29 percent feeling the pressure.

As the uncertain economy takes its toll on small businesses, an increasing number are taking ‘work-cations so they can combine work with a holiday. Pernille Bruun-Jensen, the managing director of Intuit UK said:

“Everybody needs to take time off now and then but our findings show that small business owners never switch off, even when they could really do with switching off.”

The overwhelming choice appears to be a combination of work and a holiday.

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