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’.
Harrison Beale & Owen will (HB&O) have a new chairman and managing director at the helm for 2017
Satvir Bungar promoted to managing director in the mergers and acquisitions team
Carolyn Brown appointed as the first head of client legal services practice RSM Legal
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars