Grow Your Own

LIKE climbing honeysuckle plants on a well-positioned trellis, businesses at home and abroad are still growing. Companies are making it their business to recruit staff despite fears over political uncertainty and the continued effects of the recession.

A survey in this country revealed that a third of firms expect to take on new staff this year while business owners, around two thirds of them, expect their activities to blossom in the coming months.

The general consensus is that although demand has been cut, impacting on turnover, a healthy percentage of owners predict a return to sustainable levels again this year.

With two thirds of jobs in small businesses, staff in those organisations can play an important part in helping re-energize the economy.

So, if you are thinking of changing careers, or moving on to a more challenging role, take heart from the fact businesses ARE recruiting again. What are you waiting for, go for it!

Meanwhile, a weaker pound means exports have been boosted too, while well-organised firms are trading forward so as not to be adversely affected by fluctuations in currency.

It is important to speak to your bank when trading overseas and making it clear exactly what you require in sterling to make sure you get value in terms of your contracts. Remember to factor in costs too.


  • mark

    I'm pleased to know there are job opportunities out there for those who want to get back into employment. Businesses recruiting is the best thing than can get the economy working again. We must have people in employment and it's a great thing.

  • paul

    The way to get businesses moving again in an upward trend is for those employers to take on more staff. It can only be a good thing that we are able to create jobs and take people on and have the confidence to do so. If the businesses are showing they have the nous and resources to start growing then that can only be a good thing.

  • chris

    Of course the trick is to give people reason to believe the job market is picking up to fuel the optimism in the business world. I don't think for one minute that everything is rosy again. There are plenty of people out there still out pf work and they will never get back to where they want to be. We will just have to see what happens but i wouldn't get my hopes up yet.

  • paul

    I was pleased that a friend got offered a job today that he thought he would never have the chance to do. He is a construction worker and found a role that he is very pleased about back in the building industry. That was decimated a while back but not the signs are there of improvement. It's very encouraging.

  • chris

    If staff are being taken on more then why are there no figures telling us that everything is fine and job figures are on the rise. It's because it is probably a myth that everything is okay. O know builders who had their jobs wiped from under their feet and they are finding it difficult to pin down another. Shop workers lost their jobs and are in the same boat. it's not easy, despite business picking up in some areas.

  • mark

    I have actually changed career twice in the past five years and it is an upheaval but sometimes you have to make a break and I admire those who do so to start up their own business.

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