CONFIDENCE is high amongst the region's manufacturers despite the UK economy remaining weak overall.

That's one of the findings in the latest quarterly survey by manufacturers' organisation Make UK, and business advisory firm BDO.

Output in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen in the opening months of this year, but is expected to pick up in line with the national picture during the second quarter.

Dawn Huntrod, regional director of Make UK, says: "After the economic and political shocks of recent years there is now strong confidence amongst manufacturers in Yorkshire and the Humber, despite a mixed picture.

"Whilst growth in the economy is not exactly supercharged, positive announcements in the autumn statement and budget can at least allow companies to plan with more certainty for the future."

Forecasts indicate manufacturing growth of 0.1 per cent this year, rising to 0.8 per cent in 2025.

Steve Talbot, head of manufacturing at BDO in Yorkshire, said companies had "overcome wave after wave of challenges" but more long-term Government support was needed.