Business leaders' economic confidence rose in April, data shows

02 May 2024

Optimism amongst UK business leaders in regard to the UK economy rose in April 2024, data published by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has revealed.

The IoD's Directors' Economic Confidence Index showed that optimism in prospects for the UK economy rose to -10 in April 2024 from -12 in March.

The business group said that the latest figure 'sustains the leap upwards that the Index experienced in March', and 'continues its steady recovery from its recent low point of -31 in June 2023'.

Optimism regarding businesses' net investment plans for the upcoming year also increased from +18 in March to +21 in April.

Dr Roger Barker, Director of Policy at the IoD, said: 'It remains the case that business leaders are, on balance, pessimistic about UK economic prospects. However, since March, the pessimists have been in retreat. Confidence has been edging upwards and is now within striking distance of a more neutral perspective.

'According to IoD members, the fundamentals are in place for some kind of UK economic recovery.'