Business bosses optimistic for the spring

Nottinghamshire County Council has welcomed news that employers in the East Midlands are the most optimistic in the UK, according to a survey on economic confidence announced earlier this month.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers and asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming economic quarter.

The businesses in the East Midlands region have been rated as the most optimistic, compared to organisations in the North East which fared the least optimistic.

Nottinghamshire County Council approved its £355m programme of building and maintenance projects over the next four years last month which will help boost the local economy.

Likewise, the council has submitted its final £17m broadband vision on behalf of local businesses and the wider community to Central Government.

The plan will improve internet access for around 116,000 businesses and households in the county and sets out how the council plans to fund and carry out the project, which includes £2m from its own funds.

Coun Keith Girling, the County Council’s deputy cabinet member for culture and community with a focus on economic development, said: “This survey shows that there is a growing confidence amongst local employers which will ultimately encourage them to invest more in their business and create more jobs.

“Our broadband plan is backed by local businesses which are keen to ensure the county as whole is not left behind economically by patchy superfast broadband coverage.”