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Business Owners Call For Urgent Investment In Infrastructure

11th August 2014 Paul Andrews

Latest results from Close Brothers Barometer outlines the need for upgrading of infrastructure to bolster the economy.

Two fifths (40%) of small and medium sized businesses in the UK believe that the government’s greatest priority should be investment in the country’s infrastructure ahead of health, education, energy and innovation.

Over half of respondents who believe upgrading infrastructure is the most pressing issue to address say that they feel this is what the economy most needs in order to prosper.

The findings come from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that seeks to canvass the opinion of SME owners and senior management across the UK.

CEO of Close Brothers Invoice Finance, David Thomson, said: “Ensuring the UK has a world-class infrastructure is a crucial part of the country’s long-term economic plan."

“I’m sure that many SMEs were heartened by the recent announcement of a new national infrastructure plan, outlining £375 billion of planned public and private sector investment. The proposal set out vital long-term investment for energy transport, flood defence, waste, water and communications infrastructure up to 2030 and beyond.”

The Close Brothers Business Barometer also revealed that a further quarter of SMEs surveyed believe that a modern infrastructure is vital if their business is to achieve growth.

Mr Thomson added: “This expenditure will not only create jobs and stimulate the economy in the short term, but with upgraded networks in place, the UK will be better positioned to attract foreign investment and ensure long-term growth and prosperity."

“Many business owners will undoubtedly be excited by the prospect of this sizable investment from the government as it will give the economy the kick start that it needs."

“Advanced transport networks and energy supplies will create efficiencies for UK businesses, while improved access to superfast broadband will benefit those that trade online immensely. By investing in infrastructure, we can ensure that UK businesses are well equipped and ready to meet the challenges that recovery may bring head on.”

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