The outlook has never been brighter for manufacturers in Yorkshire and Humber, according to the EEF.
The manufacturers’ organisation was commenting on the latest Manufacturing Outlook survey it has produced with business adviser and accountancy firm BDO.
The survey shows almost three out of four of the region’s manufacturers saw orders grow in the first three months of the year, typically the period when trading levels are at their lowest.
It also showed demand to be the highest for four years.
The EEF says business confidence in Yorkshire appears to have been buoyed by a strong economic recovery that it says is continuing to take root in the region.
Regional director Andrew Tüscher said: “Looking ahead to the next quarter, this is the most positive set of indicators we have seen for some time.
“Here in Yorkshire it looks like we’re well and truly steaming down the right road. Manufacturers are clearly feeling more confident as their order books fill up and exports are strong. It is now vital that Government does all that it can to underpin support for companies, giving manufacturers the confidence to fulfil their investment and recruitment plans.”