We can only speak from our experience of the business community, we know, in the Sheffield City Region.
We have had a good year (not quite our best but still good) but, more importantly, our pipeline of future work is fuller now than it has ever been (of which a lot are clients coming back to us for more design work i.e. they are starting to spend again).
Sheffield Chamber says they have had a record number of applications for export licences in Q1 this year too.
Many of the businesses we work for and companies that supply us are all telling us that they have been really busy in Q1 as well.
Traffic in and out of Sheffield, at peak times, continues to be as busy as ever.
So where is the recession actually taking place?
We are not saying that our economy is booming, but it certainly does not feel like a recession from our perspective?
Our advice is ignore the politicians, and their political pundits, and lets all concentrate on what we do best; developing innovative products and services that customers want to buy.