Manufacturing firms on the rise: survey
More UK firms are recruiting workers amid a strong start to the year for manufacturing, according to new research.
The EEF manufacturers' organisation said wavering confidence last year had turned out to be temporary, with firms enjoying stronger than expected activity.
The organisation reported a "notable improvement" in UK demand for goods, with increased confidence about orders from home and abroad.
Investment and recruitment plans have picked up in recent months, according to a survey of more than 400 companies.
EEF chief economist Lee Hopley said: "Manufacturing indicators hit a soft patch at the end of last year as events in global markets weighed on confidence and held back order growth.
"But our latest survey confirms this was a temporary setback rather than the beginning of a more worrying trend for both the sector and the economy more widely."
Ms Hopley went on: "The confidence shown in our survey again demonstrates the resilience of manufacturing in the face of a changing global outlook."