'Very challenging time' for West Midlands brickworks
25 October 2013 Last updated at 10:38 BST
The BBC has been taking the economic temperature around the UK - Dominic Laurie visited a brickworks in Dudley in the West Midlands and heard how it survived during "challenging times".
Kevin Preston from Ketley Brick Company said, "We haven't been immune from the recession and therefore we're diversifying... and had to find new markets"
Jason Wouhra from the Institute of Directors said "Business is good but there are issues - access to finance and a skills shortage".