Firms in Northamptonshire increased exports and are planning to employ more people, a chamber of commerce survey reveals this morning.
The survey of 99 Northamptonshire businesses, based on the last economic quarter, asked about different aspects of trade between July and September 2013.
It revealed a significant improvement in exports with 97 per cent of manufacturers who responded reporting that their export sales had remained the same or increased during the third quarter of 2013.
A similar percentage of manufacturers also reported an increase in advance export orders.
The service sector also showed 94 per cent of businesses reporting an increase in export sales over the last three months.
Both the service and manufacturing sectors reported they were planning on recruiting more staff this quarter, with none of those who replied having reduced their workforce.
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “The results from this latest QES are very encouraging with many more firms from both the manufacturing and service sectors looking to increase their workforce, invest in capital and train their staff.
“It is pleasing to see the number of county firms fulfilling their global potential continuing to rise - proving there is a demand for Northamptonshire products and services outside the UK.
“These latest set of results are very positive and shows, on the whole, businesses are optimistic about the future however the Government must make their pledges to introduce business-friendly measures a reality by helping businesses to access finance so they can invest in further growth and consequently revive the UK economy.”
For more information about the Northamptonshire Chamber visit www.northants-chamber.co.uk.