Strength amidst uncertainty in 2017

As 2017 progresses, economic warning signs are flashing. Inflation is picking up as a weak pound increases import costs. Cracks are starting to show in the jobs market and wages will soon struggle to keep pace with inflation. Business and consumer confidence has waned, strike action is on the increase and lengthy Brexit negotiations stretch ahead.

Our survey, completed by 691 business leaders from across the UK, finds continued uncertainty amongst OMBs, particularly about the strength of the UK economy post-Brexit and the ongoing UK skills shortage. Even so, businesses owners appear pragmatic about the UK’s economic prospects over the next 12 months, and have begun to implement strategies that are designed to take advantage of opportunities that arise.

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