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FSB shows Manchester and Cheshire businesses confident for 2015

A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses in the Manchester & North Cheshire region has shown the majority of firms appear confident 2015 will be a good year for the UK economy, and more than a quarter believe they will recruit new staff at some point.

When asked the question: ‘Looking ahead to 2015, how confident are you that the UK economy is on the mend?’, 41% said they were ‘quite confident’, with another 3% indicating ‘very confident’.

The survey also asked businesses if they would be recruiting more staff at some point in the year.

6% indicated ‘highly likely’, and a further 21% said this was ‘likely’.

However, 31% were still ‘unsure’, and 24% said unlikely.

In total 18% said ‘highly unlikely’

The FSB’s regional chairman, Simon Edmondson, said: “Bearing in mind the mood of small business this time last year, this is encouraging data.

“Almost half of those polled appear confident that the UK economy will do well in 2015, and more than a quarter expect to recruit new staff.

“This is great news for employment in the region, and suggests many small businesses are no longer in bunker down mode and are looking to grow.

“If we look back just 12 months there was still a big question mark over how the UK economy was performing, and many businesses still felt in the doldrums.

“It seems a lot has changed in a year, including the mood of many small businesses. We should see this as a positive indicator for the economy, but we need this momentum to be sustained.

“2015 is going to be a key year for the banks to get their acts together and make sure businesses who are looking to grow have the finance available to do so.

“We know the lack of affordable finance has pegged the recovery in previous years, but now as confidence returns hopefully credit might start to flow that bit easier.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sophia Taha .

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