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BUSINESS in Calder-dale is recovering faster than anywhere else in West Yorkshire, new figures reveal.

Nearly 5,000 companies across Yorkshire and the Humber were asked about their performance and how well they expect to do over the next year.

Of the 77 firms surveyed in Calderdale, 45 per cent said business had improved over the last 12 to 18 months.

A further 30 per cent of Calderdale firms said it had stayed stable, and only 25 per cent reported a turn for the worse.

An average of 32 per cent of organisations across the rest of the Leeds City Region – which Calderdale is part of – said business had improved for them.

The future also looks brighter for businesses here compared with their West Yorkshire neighbours.

Calderdale leaders were the most optimistic, with 42 per cent saying they expected improved performance in the next 12 months and 44 per cent expecting things to stay the same.

Only 37 per cent of companies across the Leeds City Region were hopeful for improvement.

Halifax businessman Steven Leigh, head of policy at the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said the findings were pleasing.

“It is a credit to the businesses in Calderdale that during these very difficult economic circumstances they have continued to work hard and take care of the business,” he said.

“No doubt in the last year they will have made some difficult decisions, but it is paying dividends now.”

Janet Battye, leader of Calderdale Council, also welcomed the news.

She said: “It looks like many Calderdale businesses feel that we have turned a corner and that the local economy is on the road to recovery.

“It’s good news for business and good news for jobs in the area.

“There’s still a good way to go before we achieve the levels of employment in Calderdale that we enjoyed a few years ago, but we are in a good position to continue the long-term recovery.”

The figures were revealed in the latest Leeds City Region Business Survey, commissioned by the region’s four economic areas: Leeds City Region; Sheffield City Region; York and North Yorkshire; and the Humber.