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The Institute of Directors recent poll reveals that business leaders are sceptical about the prospects of a swift economic recovery and are delaying investment decisions as a result.
Over two-thirds of those polled think there is a low or zero probability of the UK emerging from recession in 2012, compared with only 7% who think there is a high or very high probability of the recession ending this year.
This lack of confidence has impacted heavily on business decisions with 44% of the respondents reporting that they had delayed at least one investment or employment decision during the year.
The government came in for criticism of its reform measures with policies on taxation, business regulation and employment law considered particularly ineffective.
These issues are most pertinent and challenging for the SME sector. With unemployment rising, encouraging new enterprise and creating new entrepreneurs is vital to stimulate the economy. It is hoped that these results will draw attention again to these pressing areas of reform.
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