The majority of small companies in Hounslow plan to expand through the recession, according to a survey.
The report, published by the Hounslow Chronicle, is based on a survey of more than 100 small businesses in the borough, and says that 64% of them feel they will grow this year.
But despite the positive feeling among many businesses, 16% admitted they either have already sacked workers or are considering making people redundant.
An opporsing view is given by the manager of the Treaty Centre shopping complex, Robin Arbenz, who told The Chronicle: “I am not aware of any of our tenants getting rid of people. I think generally people are still doing quite well,” he said. “We have a number of people interested in coming into the centre and many of our tenants are managing well."