The owners of small businesses in the UK are struggling to find a good work-life balance, according to new research.
A study by Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank found that 22 per cent of small business owners spend more than 50 hours in the office this week, often working weekends and evenings.
Rather than endeavouring to spend more time at home, the problem seems to be worsening for some, with two-thirds of survey respondents saying they spend the same or more time in the office than they did five years ago.
This may be partly because 35 per cent of small business bosses admitted to feeling less involved in the company if they are not working every day.
"It is difficult for small business owners to achieve an optimum work-life balance when they are ultimately responsible for the success and financial health of their business," Steve Jennings, Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank director of business banking, commented.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Beefeater Restaurants, 70.6 per cent of Britons do not feel have a positive work-life balance.