Many UK businesses are preparing to grow, with more than a quarter of small companies planning to increase staff numbers by more than 5% throughout 2013. A further fifth plan an increase of between 2 and 5%, according to the business confidence report from global workplace provider Regus. Over half of firms state that their recruitment drive will focus on sales and marketing staff, displaying a determination to boost business sales.

The Regus Business Confidence Index, which is based on performance over the last 6 months, remains unchanged from six months ago and still significantly lags behind the height of April 2011, showing the economic downturn has taken its toll. However, the plans for growth indicate a rosier outlook.

Gradwell is also growing, and we are now a year into our 4×4 plan – to grow 4 times the size in 4 years supported by a £1.15 million investment from regional equity fund Altitude Partners LLP. So far we’ve increased our staff numbers to over 70, investing in new departments such as finance and HR, and expanding almost all areas.

It’s refreshing to see so many businesses with growth plans for this year. Don’t forget, with Gradwell’s Multi User VoIP you can add phone extensions for your new staff with just a few clicks – your phone system is designed to grow with your business.


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