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UK's mid-sized businesses are among the most confident

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18 August 2014

Britain's mid-sized businesses are more confident about future growth than their counterparts in Germany, the US, Australia and Japan, according to research released today.

The survey by American Express found that 48 per cent of UK mid-market businesses (Defined as having revenues of £3m to £600m) anticipated growth in the rest of 2014, 66 per cent have increased revenues and 62 per cent have grown their staff in the past year.

More than six in ten have tapped into international markets to boost growth, with the US, China and India being the key markets exporters want to go to.

“This survey clearly sees a return to prosperity for UK companies and the economy. The mid-sized company sector is the engine room of Britain’s economy, and its resounding commitment to invest to fuel further growth this year is another in a long series of good news headlines for UK PLC,” said Brendan Walsh, executive vice president of global corporate payments at American Express.

The survey also revealed a sharp divide in the accessibility of working and growth capital funding. 82 per cent said they were confident they could access the funds they needed to grow but 86 per cent said they were concerned about cash flow in the next six months.

Walsh added: “While cash flow restrictions typified by the recession have eroded, it appears that this sweet spot may not last forever, with the vast majority of UK companies anticipating they will encounter cash flow issues by the end of the year.

“The good news is that the financial discipline of the recession years has clearly left an indelible mark, with UK companies placing considerable focus on optimising their own cash flow management so that growth can continue unabated.”