Chamber's Quarterly Survey Indicates Improving Performance and Confidence in Mid Yorkshire
The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey results show growing confidence and improved performance for firms in our region as companies invest, expand and explore new market opportunities overseas. Following a flat 2012 and distinctly disappointing results in the final Quarter of the year, an upswing in all indicators could herald the beginning of our economic recovery. Domestic and overseas sales and orders are all up on the previous quarter, and firms are hiring and planning further staff expansions in the future. Perhaps most importantly confidence is returning, and both turnover and profitability expectations have dramatically improved on the previous quarter. Questions remain over the wider economic environment as many firms continue to report concerns over raw material prices, inflation, taxation and competition, and the Chamber pledges to continue lobbying Government for business friendly policies. Yet these results mark a welcome reversal of trends after a difficult year for business, and it is encouraging to see firms beginning to invest and expand and a return of confidence among the business community.
Chamber Head of Policy Steven Leigh commented:
In our first Quarterly Economic survey report of 2013 there is room for cautious optimism that the worst of our economic difficulties are behind us, and that an alignment of positive business sentiment and constructive Government policy may begin to yield positive results. As we have repeatedly stated – business confidence is a key element to economic recovery. We hope that the improved confidence expressed in this survey by businesses in our region will be sustained throughout this year and beyond, and will be buoyed by the positive interventions made by the Government in the March Budget.
Key headlines from the Quarterly Economic Survey Quarter 1 2013:
UK SALES AND ORDERS RISING STEADILY
CONTINUED IMPROVED OUTLOOK FOR EXPORTS
NEW YEAR HERALDS RENEWED CONFIDENCE
INFLATION WORRIES ACROSS ALL SECTORS