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’.
Mark McMullen joins the private client services team from Smith & Williamson
Merger between Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants and Magma Chartered Accountants was finalised on 3 February
BDO has taken its new partner intake to 23 during the first half of its financial year, including the appointment of five partners in five weeks
The firm reports 7.6% global fee income growth for the year ending 31 December 2016