Business outlook brightens - Business - News - Moneyfacts

News News brings you the latest financial & economic news & reviews of the best products in the UK by our team of money experts.

Business outlook brightens

Business outlook brightens

Category: Business

Updated: 15/10/2009
First Published: 15/10/2009

This article was correct at the time of publication. It is now over 6 months old so the content may be out of date.

Further evidence that the economy could be on the verge of emerging from the recession has been revealed.

According to the latest research from Santander Corporate Banking, businesses are looking to increase their borrowing as their future outlook brightens.

Three quarters of businesses said they were confident about their prospects in the next six months, with one in seven looking to increase its borrowing as a result.

Encouragingly, twice as many companies want to borrow to expand their business than who want to increase funds to keep their companies afloat.

Steve Pateman, head of Santander Corporate Banking, said the downturn had focused minds and businesses had adjusted accordingly.

"It is up to banks to adjust as well and for the role of banking in the UK economy to be redefined. Banks need to focus on customer relationships and taking prudent and sensible commercial risks."

The research comes shortly after it was revealed the number of business failures in the UK had dropped quarter on quarter for the first time in over a year.

The latest Equifax Business Failures Report showed the number of firms that went under in the third quarter of 2009 fell in all parts of the country and every business sector compared with the second quarter.

"This must give businesses in general and the UK economy as a whole some confidence that the extreme difficulties we have been experiencing may be lessening," said Neil Munroe, external affairs director at Equifax.

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

Related Articles

Business Moneyfacts Awards finalists announced

Are you in the field of business finance? Then you’ll be familiar with the Business Moneyfacts Awards, the highlight of the year for the industry, and you’ll also be pleased to hear that the finalists for the 2017 ceremony have just been announced!

Business owners – do you have a cash buffer?

Building up a cash buffer can be a vital part of business management, particularly in uncertain times. It’s therefore little surprise to find that SMEs built up significant cash reserves in the lead up to the referendum.

Business owners – are you missing out on returns?

Running a successful company demands strong organisational skills, business acumen and a keen eye for finances, which is why it’s so surprising that many business owners could be missing out on returns because they don’t know their interest rate.