Manufacturing SMEs bullish over growth prospects

Manufacturing SMEs are reporting rising sales and have ambitious growth targets, a new survey has revealed.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service’s (MAS) National Barometer surveyed 700 manufacturers, with more than 50% reporting increased orders over the last six months.

With regards to future growth, 53% predict more growth to occur in the second half of 2012.

Consequently, a third of companies have plans to increase their workforce, whilst 55% expect there will be no change in staffing levels.

Business minister Mark Prisk said of the figures: "This latest MAS Barometer shows that many small manufacturing firms across the UK are growing and expect to continue to grow despite the challenging wider economic environment."

The latest unemployment figures were released today by the ONS, showing a drop in the number of those out of work, falling 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months up to June 2012.

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