Colchester, UK -- A survey of members' business prospects and issues carried out by the British Rubber & Polyurethane Products Association (BRPPA) has found that:
• There is major concern over energy and raw materials costs, with many members calling for government action to reduce energy costs. Other concerns included over-regulation;
• Most members expect sales into domestic markets to increase in 2010, with a minority expecting an increase in export business, and;
• Most members expected to maintain current staffing levels, with a small number expecting to take on extra staff.
The BRPPA also pointed out that energy regulator Ofgem's Project Discovery, an investigation into the future security of energy supply over the next decade, found that: "The unprecedented combination of the global financial crisis, tough environmental targets, increasing gas-import dependency and the closure of ageing power stations has combined to cast reasonable doubt over whether the current energy arrangements will deliver secure sustainable energy supplies," Ofgem said in its findings. To find out more visit: www.ofgem.gov.uk
For more information on the BRPPA visit: www.brppa.co.uk (RD)