When one thinks of business growth in the UK, one might think it's concentrated primarily in the fast-paced, commercial capital of London.
Indeed, the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the south-east's unemployment rate has fallen more sharply than anywhere else in the UK, with the number of unemployed individuals shrinking by 29,000 in just three months' time.
However, economic recovery and business growth extends well beyond the reaches of our nation's capital. The East Midlands had the second biggest increase in jobs, with 11,000 individuals gaining employment throughout the recent months. On average across the country, the unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 per cent.
Even tiny villages throughout the UK are experiencing economic growth. Shropshire's small market town of Cleobury Mortimer may be added to the list of surprising success stories, thanks to one local building firm.
Dozens of jobs are may be created following a recent advancement by Cornbrook Construction. Twelve months ago, the building firm enlisted the help of software developer BlueHub Solutions to create bespoke software which allows Cornbrook to manage operations and track outgoings in real-time. This advancement has since allowed Cornbrook to minimise costs and increase their chances of winning coveted national contracts.
One potential national client has already expressed interest and is considering hiring Cornbrook for a huge contract. Should the building firm be selected for the job, Cornbrook could receive a flood of new business. Staff reinforcements and additional construction jobs would be created to help the small town company keep pace with growing demand.
Managing director of Cornbrook, Matt Breakwell, commented on the software's success: "We knew this would be a useful tool, but it's already proving to be a revelation. We've been able to reduce our costs by cutting out waste, which is improving our competitiveness when tendering for work."
Mr Breakwell said the software was originally developed during the economic downturn, when "the recession made maximising efficiency a major priority". He added: "Now that the construction sector is picking up, we're hoping it will accelerate our growth."