Manufacturing and services firms reported strong domestic and export growth to end 2014 The balances for businesses that tried to recruit staff were at an all-time high in Q4 John Longworth says that businesses are well placed to grow in 2015, but their optimism may not last if 'political point scoring' outweighs sound economic policies during the election campaign Manufacturing and services firms reported strong growth to end 2014, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) published by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Just three months before the general election, the BCC's flagship business policy Annual Conference will bring Britain's business and political leaders together with the nation's wider business community.
Two Sheffield Chamber members, KTG Engineering and Transmit Creative, have been working together to put on a great show at the Glasstec trade show in Germany.
Ahead of Angela Merkel's visit to the UK to hold talks with David Cameron on current EU issues, John Longworth, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce said: -Pressing business issues - from the eurozone's persistently weak performance to the UK's future in Europe - must be at the heart of the agenda for the Prime Minister and the German Chancellor as they meet this week.
Commenting on the Bank of England's Credit Conditions Survey for Q4 2014, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: -With credit availability to small firms expected to weaken in the coming months, the findings from the latest credit conditions survey reinforce the case for more radical action by financial institutions, the regulators, the ministers building up the British Business Bank and the Bank of England itself, which must do so much more to build up a liquid market for SME debt.
2014 was a great year for Sheffield software Development Company 3Squared, which has doubled the size of its business in the past 12 months and increased its staff levels by 42 per cent.
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