"This 4th quarter of successive growth will do much to boost business confidence further as we start 2014 in earnest. It is important now to ensure this growth is sustained and that businesses across the board are able to invest. From trading in new markets to taking on new people, small businesses still require support to ensure they make the right investments for their business."
"The Forum will continue to work with businesses to deliver practical support and with government to ensure that the necessary conditions are created to maintain positive growth."
Commenting on the latest GDP Figures released by the Office of National statistics showing 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013, Alexander Jackman, Head of Policy at the Forum of Private Business, said: