A recent survey of The Guardian's Small Business Network readers - Small Businesses Optimistic Despite Economic Slowdown - has revealed the many small businesses were much more optmistic about the present economic conditions in the UK with many small business seeing company growth over the past twelve months.

According to the survey 21% of small businesses have seen a significant growth and 66% of small businesses believing that their turnover would significantly increase over the next three years.

These are encouraging signs after what can only be called a desperate  last couple of years for many small businesses.