The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce's latest Quarterly Economic Survey found that Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire outperformed their national counterparts giving increased optimism for the year ahead.
With 48% of respondents reporting their main base is in Derbyshire, it is great news for the county that over half of respondents saw increased sales in the last quarter.
Another welcome statistic from the report is the strong focus on investment intentions over the next 12 months. 37% of respondents said that they were revising investment in plant, machinery and equipment and 39% revising training budgets upwards.
Business confidence also rose with 67% and 76% expecting higher profit and turnover respectively.