CONFIDENCE amongst UK exporters is at its highest point since the start of the economic crisis, a Burton business leader has said.
A survey of 2,000 firms showed the level of UK export orders to be close to a six-year high.
The report, from international courier DHL and the British Chamber of Commerce, also showed that a third of exporting firms expected to employ more staff in the next three months.
Commenting on the report, director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce Chris Plant said: “UK exporters are more optimistic than ever about their prospects, with confidence higher than it has been since before the economic crisis.
“Exports have remained strong, and even more exporting firms are looking to take on new staff.
“The companies I visit across the UK are inspiring and dedicated, and these results are living proof that it will be businesses that drive our recovery forward.”
Mr Plant also said ‘bullish’ UK exporters were another reason to believe the economy is ‘turning a corner’.
But he added: “There is more to do before we are well and truly on our way to having a great economy.
“Exporting businesses are doing all they can to find new opportunities overseas, but the government can’t expect them to just get on with it without doing more to support them.”