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  • Business confidence falls into negative territory

    New research from The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that UK small business confidence has continued to fall, dipping into negative territory for the first time since 2012. Business owners feeling confident are outnumbered by those that feel the opposite. However, FSB found many immediate economic conditions improving, with small firms reporting greater access to finance, a rise in new employment and reduced spare capacity in their businesses. In the first data gathered ...

    Posted at September 22, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on Business confidence falls into negative territory
  • UK business confidence falls

    UK business confidence levels fell by 26 points to 6% in the past month, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The survey was conducted in the week after the EU referendum - overall confidence fell to the lowest level for over four years but remained above the lows seen during the global financial crisis. Despite this general shift downwards there are some positive signs. Although confidence and ...

    Posted at July 11, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on UK business confidence falls
  • North-South divide in small business confidence

    The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released findings that shows a growing gap in confidence between businesses in Scotland, North East England and Wales and those in the Midlands and the South of England. The FSB’s Small Business Index, a measure of small business confidence across the UK, shows that in the last 12 months, smaller firms in the North East, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales have all experienced a year-on-year decline in confidence. In Wales, ...

    Posted at January 18, 2016 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on North-South divide in small business confidence
  • Boost to spending power confidence

    The latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report shows that consumer confidence in the value of the pound in the pocket continues to rise. The bank's Current Situation Index reached a new all time high in May, at 213, with respondents' sentiments towards their personal finances improving by 3% since April, and their household finances increasing by 4%. At the same time, sentiment towards the country’s employment outlook improved by 8%. Lloyds points out that in April the ...

    Posted at June 22, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on Boost to spending power confidence
  • Spending power confidence drops

    The latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report shows overall consumer confidence taking a step backwards last month, after seeing an upward trend since the start of the year. Respondents' feelings about their current and future financial situations levelled off, with uncertainty in the run up to the General Election potentially restraining confidence towards personal finances (down 1%); household finances (down 1%); and the country's finances (down 5%). The data also shows a fall in essential spending in April (-0.8%) , ...

    Posted at May 26, 2015 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on Spending power confidence drops
  • UK desperately needs to rebalance economy

    The protracted General Election campaign created uncertainty that led to businesses holding fire on their investment and growth plans, according to the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM). Business confidence is flat this quarter, as the survey suggests turnover and profit growth over the next 12 months will be weaker than the past year. Key findings for Q2 2015: The BCM Confidence Index stands at +16.2, down marginally from +16.8 – showing that outlook has ...

    Posted at May 15, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on UK desperately needs to rebalance economy
  • UK CEOs remain confident

    PwC's latest Global CEO Survey shows that UK CEOs are more confident than their European peers, although the high levels of optimism seen last year have been tempered by concerns about access to key skills, disruptive trends and geopolitical uncertainty. Growth prospects are less bullish when it comes to the overall outlook for the global economy and when asked about the most important countries for company growth, 48% of UK respondents said the US, followed by ...

    Posted at March 9, 2015 | By : | Categories : News,Rural Business | Comments Off on UK CEOs remain confident
  • UK business confidence most upbeat

    UK business confidence remains the most upbeat among the world’s major economies, according to Markit Economics. Research from the financial information provider shows that 41% of manufacturing firms and 39% of service sector companies expect their staffing levels to be higher this time next year, compared to just 10% and 7% respectively that expect headcounts to fall. Capital expenditure is meanwhile anticipated to rise at 38% of goods-producing firms and at 26% of service sector companies, compared with ...

    Posted at November 24, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on UK business confidence most upbeat
  • Confidence in the UK banking system stabilising

    Consumer confidence in the UK's banking system is stabilising, according to new research from Ernst & Young. Confidence in banks decreased in both 2011 and 2012. But in 2013 confidence began to stabilise - 52% of consumers said their level of confidence had not changed; 37% said their confidence decreased; and 11% said confidence increased –  broadly double the percentage who said their confidence increased in 2011. Despite this, banks are still struggling to build brand loyalty. ...

    Posted at March 10, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on Confidence in the UK banking system stabilising
  • UK business confidence hits 20 year high

    A new report from Lloyds claims that business confidence in the UK has reached its strongest level since January 1994 on the back of rising expectations for orders, sales and profits in the next six months. Companies are now more optimistic about the economy than they have been at any point since January 2007 and are signalling that they intend to boost staff numbers, suggesting that employment could rise in 2014. Investment intentions have climbed to their ...

    Posted at January 6, 2014 | By : | Categories : Rural Business | Comments Off on UK business confidence hits 20 year high