MORE than half of small firms in Yorkshire passed on increased fuel costs to their customers, a survey has revealed.
Figures from Bibby Financial Services showed that 56% of small companies in the region had increased their prices in the face of rising fuel costs.
Some 80% said they were feeling the effects of fuel price rises.
Some 21% said they were looking at ways to grow their businesses to offset the impact of those costs.
Some 11% said they were cutting costs by reducing the time they spent out on the road and one in five said they were under pressure from employees to increase fuel allowances.
A massive 83% of owners and managers in the North cited the rising fuel costs as the key transport issue affecting their business against 73% in the South.
Rural areas were the worst-hit.
About a fifth of Yorkshire firms said they were responding to the fuel crisis by reviewing their company vehicles and making plans to introduce more efficient models.
Graham Cooper, spokesman for Bibby Financial Services in Yorkshire, said: “his survey gives a voice to the impact that heightened transport issues, particularly surrounding fuel costs, are having on Britain’s small and medium- sized businesses.
“There are many companies carrying out and planning solutions to the problem of increased fuel costs. This is encouraging, but most businesses are yet to take action.’’