> Optimism levels remain high with 77% reporting feeling either optimistic or very optimistic about their business prospects in the coming 12 months.
> Revenue growth is expected to come primarily from existing markets (83%).
> Recruitment is a priority with 60% of businesses reporting plans to increase headcount in the next 12 months.
> 17% of members are considering acquisition to grow their businesses, whilst 18% are looking at international expansion.
> The biggest challenge remains building a great team to support growth ambitions. Over half of entrepreneurs said they found managing people to be a barrier to growth.
> Founders are in no rush to exit their businesses with only 8% looking for an exit within 3 years. Over half have no plans at all to exit.