Steven Leigh - Head of Policy and Representation at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber QES shows UK recovery continues

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Comerce’s quarter 4 Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) reports that a number of economic indicators have stabilised during this fourth quarter of the year.

Although this time the Chamber has seen a fairly mixed bag of results results depict that the UK recovery is continuing. Economic conditions throughout the world remain difficult, and the Chamber’s survey results throughout 2014 have been a reflection of the uncertainties which still abound for business upon entering the New Year.

Chamber Head of Policy and Representation Steven Leigh commented: “Home sales and orders have bounced-back somewhat during this fourth quarter of the year, and exporters have reported an arrest to the significantly reduced levels of activity which were reported in quarter 3.

“Not surprisingly, the most pressing concern for exporters - as reported this time - is Exchange Rates, with the continued strength of the Pound against the Euro and the US Dollar rendering our goods and services much less competitively priced in overseas markets.

“Whilst it is good to see that official ONS/ OBR figures confirm that the recovery continues in the UK, it should not be overlooked that a number of world issues, which will materially affect the prospects for business in 2015, have not gone away. In addition to exchange rates the depressed market demand in Europe and reduced levels of economic activity in other important world trading nations are having a big effect on global markets”

Key headlines from the Quarterly Economic Survey Quarter 4 2014:

  • UK Sales and orders regain some momentum
  • Export sales and orders still difficult to secure
  • Cashflow is an increasing concern
  • Business confidence recovers somewhat
  • Exchange rates a big concern for manufacturers

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber continues to lobby hard for its members, and for the wider business community in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, for the best possible business conditions.

For more information contact Steven at steven.leigh@mycci.co.uk.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce .

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