Small manufacturers' optimism at new record high
Optimism among manufacturing SMEs is at its highest level since records began in 1988, a new survey shows.
Total orders and output are also up, according to the figures from the CBI’s latest SME (small-to-medium enterprise) survey covering the three months to April.
It also said job numbers enjoyed a sharp boost and were expected to grow at a stronger pace in the subsequent period.
Meanwhile, domestic orders rose strongly and export orders bounced back from a fall in the previous quarter, according to the survey of 366 SME manufacturers.
Katja Hall, the CBI’s chief policy director, said:... read more
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