A Third of Companies Believe HS2 Will Benefit Business

12% of firms hope to receive direct business from high speed rail network Almost a third of small and medium enterprises believe that the high-speed rail project, HS2, will have a positive impact on their firm, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer (CBBB). Over half (52%) of the optimistic business leaders hope that the HS2 will increase their growth potential, thanks to better connections to cities across the UK, and 30% feel that it will improve their access to talent, making it easier to hire employees with strong skill-sets. In addition, the barometer, which is a quarterly survey that portrays the views of small and mid-sized business owners, found that a number of small and medium-sized firms plan to acquire direct business from the project with 12% anticipating in... »