Figures for his or her barometer round-up recommend two thirds of companies predict to extend gross sales between now and October. Over 58 % point out they’re planning to scale up funding over the following six months and 54 per cent highlighted an elevated have to recruit employees as nicely.
This quarter’s barometer checked out how producers on this sector are recovering from the pandemic and nearly half of respondents now count on to return to, or exceed, their pre-lockdown place inside three months.
On the roles entrance, though 80 % of companies have used the federal government’s furlough scheme in some unspecified time in the future within the final yr, solely 37 are nonetheless persevering with to take action.
The report additionally reveals that new working practices are being carried out due to the pandemic. Virtually half of enterprise leaders are actually planning to supply their workers some stage of distant working, a rise of 28 % in comparison with earlier than lockdown.
Nick Golding, SWMAS managing director, stated: “Small to medium-sized producers skilled a constructive quarter’s commerce between January and March, with 46 % reporting a rise in gross sales, in comparison with 31 % within the earlier barometer.
“Over two fifths of producers have stated they may proceed to supply some type of distant working going ahead, which might have been extraordinary 15 months in the past. These useful modifications will provide workers extra flexibility and, in the end, a greater work/life steadiness.”