According to a new report from Regus, more than a quarter of small businesses are planning to increase their headcount by more than 5% in the remainder of 2013.
The biannual Business Confidence Report also found that a further fifth of respondents plan to increase their workforce by between 2 and 5%. More than half said they will be hiring more sales and marketing staff to bring them out of the downturn.
Although the results seem to show a positive outlook from small businesses, the Regus Business Confidence Index has remained steady at 94 points in the last six months, and is far below the April 2011 peak of 125 points.
Steve Purdy, UK Managing Director at Regus, said: “Businesses are finally gearing up for growth after the protracted downturn. Managing this stage of recovery is crucial, as it carries the huge risk that firms will overextend themselves.”