Tough forecast for business

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SOUTH Yorkshire manufacturing firms are going to face a tough 2012, an accounting company has warned.

Accounting and business advice firm BDO said recruitment will remain slow this year and manufacturers could lay off more staff.

Jason Whitworth, partner and manufacturing specialist at the firm, said: “After 30 years of decline there is now a widespread consensus that a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector is fundamental to the economy.

“The task of rebuilding the manufacturing sector will not be easy and we must accept that it may take years. A renewed focus on manufacturing is vital for growth.”