29.12.10

SMEs More Positive about Prospects

A survey of nearly 2,200 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK has found that many businesses are more optimistic that 2011 will be a positive year, with 76 per cent predicting either a more prosperous year for their business, or the same level of success as 2010.

The research from the mobile phone company, Orange, suggests that over a quarter (26 per cent) of them plan to hire more staff in 2011 than they did in 2010 and three-quarters (74 per cent) of those surveyed are considering or plan to introduce flexible working options in 2011, citing staff efficiency as the main driver.

Commenting on the findings, Martin Lyne, SME Marketing Director at Orange, said:

“These results provide an interesting snapshot into SMEs’ plans for 2011, and it’s great to see that businesses are positive about next year. What is also encouraging is the overwhelming number of companies that plan to introduce flexible working. It demonstrates a strong desire to drive a more efficient business, and is also a great way to help employees strike the right work/life balance.”

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