Local firms bucking the trend

p21 srp news'St Helens wins at the council oscars'Left to right: Council leader Brian Spencer, deputy leader Suzanne Knight, head of regeneration Aidan Manley, St Helens Chamber's director of enterprise development Sara Williams, and Bob Hepworth, head of urban regeneration
p21 srp news'St Helens wins at the council oscars'Left to right: Council leader Brian Spencer, deputy leader Suzanne Knight, head of regeneration Aidan Manley, St Helens Chamber's director of enterprise development Sara Williams, and Bob Hepworth, head of urban regeneration
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A QUARTERLY economic survey commissioned by St Helens Chamber has highlighted some welcome improvements in the local service sector.

And, while St Helens has been far from immune to the challenging economic climate, there are signs that local businesses have become more resilient.

In the service sector seven of the 10 major indicators showed improvement compared to the previous quarter, though growth stalled in manufacturing.

Sara Williams, from St Helens Chamber, (pictured) said: “In the short term, growth will be slow and inflation will remain high.

“However, there is no need for doom and gloom as we expect the situation to improve over the medium-term and believe our businesses have the potential to recover and thrive.”