Birmingham economy 'gathers pace' says chamber of commerce
2 January 2014 Last updated at 18:54 GMT
Economic recovery is gathering pace among businesses in the Birmingham area.
A survey, carried out by the city's chamber of commerce, suggests an upturn in orders at home and abroad is fuelling confidence.
The organisation is forecasting further improvements in the year ahead but warns that a shortage of skills is still hampering growth.
Midlands Today's Giles Latcham spoke to Tim Perrin, an apprentice at BSA Machine Tools, Steve Brittan, managing director of BSA Machine Tools Ltd, Jerry Blackett from the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Patrick Browne, managing director of Hydrapower.