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Business confidence in UK at four-year high but staff shortages a concern

Greater optimism among companies in August about post-Covid recovery, says Lloyds

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UK business confidence has hit a four-year high, thanks to growing optimism about the post-Covid recovery, but companies highlighted concerns about staff shortages, which could push up pay in the coming months.

The vaccine rollout, removal of lockdown restrictions and changes to self-isolation rules all contributed to greater optimism among firms in August, according to the latest snapshot from Lloyds Bank.

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