Workforce increased at one in five firms

The economy in Derbyshire gained further momentum in the final three months of 2013 thanks to another strong business performance, according to the region’s largest regular independent business survey.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) has released the findings of its latest Quarterly Economic Survey, which found businesses reported increased sales and orders – both in the UK and export markets.

One in five firms increased the size of their workforce during the quarter and almost a third of businesses attempted to recruit new staff. The number of businesses reporting recruiting difficulties fell by over a third, from 45 per cent to 29 per cent.

Crucially, there was another increase in firms expressing confidence in their prospects for the year ahead, with 66 per cent believing their turnover will increase.