Sentiment among finance leaders of the UK’s largest firms has improved significantly since the start of the year, according to Deloitte’s UK CFO Survey Q1 2023. The largest increase in confidence since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was observed, with a net 25% of CFOs being more optimisti
The UK economy is predicted to avoid a technical recession and a calendar year contraction in 2023, with an anticipated growth of 0.2%, according to the EY ITEM Club Spring Forecast. The improvement is attributed to better-than-expected GDP in Q4 2022 and the expected rapid easing of inflationary pr
In February, the UK experienced flat GDP growth, which fell short of expectations for an increase, however, January's GDP was revised upward, aligning February's output with predictions. Industrial action in the public sector negatively affected February's activity, while construction output rebound
The latest Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) survey has reveals that while the beginning of 2023 brought relief to some sectors of the Scottish economy, cost pressures and inflation concerns continue to impede overall business growth. Many Scottish SMEs still report no improvement in sales, cashfl
Fraser of Allander Institute has forecast a -0.7% contraction in the Scottish economy in 2023, returning to 0.9% annual growth in 2024. Uncertainties have increased due to concerns in global financial system and persistently high inflation. Lack of clarity on annual impacts on Scottish Budget and UK
Amid instability in the US and European banking systems and an unexpected jump in inflation to 10.4% during February, the Bank of England has announced another increase to the base interest rate to 4.25%.
Scotland's food and drink industry has achieved record high exports despite the impact of Brexit, according to HMRC trade statistics. The industry's global exports were worth £8 billion in 2022, a 30.6% increase from the previous year and 8.1% higher than the pre-pandemic peak in 2019.
In today's Spring Budget announcement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, did not reveal many surprises as expected policies were confirmed. The Chancellor began his speech by noting that the UK economy will not enter a "technical recession this year" saying that “our plan is workin
As the Chancellor prepares his Spring Budget, new research has revealed the policy areas that Scottish mid-market business leaders hope to see prioritised. The Grant Thornton UK LLP’s latest Business Outlook Tracker found that incentives to support low carbon business strategies and incentives
GDP figures for January have shown a 0.3% increase month-on-month, recovering some of the ground lost in December when output fell by 0.5%. Experts have said the figures provide some "hope that the UK economy may finally be kicking into gear" after the economy stagnated and went into negative g