Downturn does not deter giving

Most small businesses in the UK are providing support to charities in spite of the recession, according to research by Barclays.

A survey of 1,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across 20 towns and cities found that 71 per cent planned to maintain their level of donations in 2010 and 16 per cent expected to give more to charity when the recession ended.

The construction industry was particularly generous, with 61 per cent of the sample in this sector saying they helped local charities. Steve Cooper, managing director of Barclays Local Business, said: “The research shows that over half of local businesses see their charity work as a responsibility to the community.”

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