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While investments announced today will take time to bed in, Government should consider other action that will relieve immediate pressures, particularly on smaller businesses. This should include an urgent review of the shortage occupation list to allow for short-term visas in key sectors, and an SME energy price cap.
A survey of 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that the recovery in export sales has largely stalled in Q3. The proportion of firms reporting increased sales rose only three points (to 30%) from Q2 (27%), whilst the proportion reporting decreased sales fell by just two points (Q3:26%/ Q2: 28%).