SMEs more confident
A CBI survey of SME manufacturers indicates firms are more upbeat about performance over the next quarter, with both domestic and export orders set to grow. The 426 firms surveyed reported flat domestic new orders and a further fall in export new orders over the previous quarter, but optimism regarding the business situation stabilised over the period, with growth set to accelerate further in the quarter to April. SMEs also reported steady employment growth, and over the next 12 months more manufacturers plan to increase investment in training and product innovation.
Source: Daily Express (04/02/2016)