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Liverpool business people 'optimistic' for the next 12 months

Business person - Survey of Liverpool businesses - SantanderCB

A survey of Liverpool businesses by Santander Corporate & Commercial has revealed that two thirds are optimistic about the city and the wider region's economy over the next 12 months, with just 9% expressing pessimism.

Some 45% of respondents think business sentiment will improve over the next 12 months, compared to just 8% who are negative on prospects.

More than a third of local business people are also positive on the prospects for local employment - of which 13% are very optimistic.

The local business sentiment poll was conducted to support Santander Corporate & Commercial's Breakthrough Red Box week-long business event, which is being held at Santander's Breakthrough Moments Festival in Liverpool city centre, from Monday, June 20, to Friday, June 24.

It will consist of free-to-attend masterclasses and focused events aimed at ambitious business owners and local entrepreneurs. Helping firms seeking to export and trade internationally will be a key theme of the week.

The local business survey showed that 55% of companies believe exporting and international trade are important for local business success, and just 5% consider it unimportant.

Jonathan Thompson, divisional managing director - north, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: 'It is great to see that Liverpool-based SMEs and business professionals are clearly confident about the future, see exporting and international trade as key to the success of local businesses and are optimistic about local employment prospects.'

Learn more about the Breakthrough Red Box Liverpool event.

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