The survey of 147 board-level respondents was conducted in February and March, with two-thirds optimistic about the economy, compared with 52% in the last quarter of 2003.
Another sign of improving times, 70% of companies expected business prospects to improve over the next 12 months.
However there were still worries about red tape and taxes, with three-quarters of respondents saying the tax burden was ‘unduly weighted against middle market companies compared to other corporations’.
Does Darwin's theory apply to taxation? Colin ponders...
The EC has been instructed to draft a European Union (EU) directive authorising an EU financial transaction tax, which would apply to ten of the EU’s 28 member states
Accountancy watchdog the FRC has dropped its investigation into the former chief financial officer of Tesco, nearly two years after the supermarket was engulfed in an accounting scandal
Colin imagines how Apple's logo might change in the wake of the EC's ruling over its Irish tax arrangements