Hot weather helps business boom

Continuing hot weather throughout the UK is boosting business trade, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSBs).

Members of the business group are continuing to report improvements in trade, with the FSB calling it welcome news after the negative effect on businesses during the extended period of cold in the first half of 2013.

Research from the FSB earlier in the year found that more than half (55 per cent) of businesses were hit financially by the prolonged cold weather, costing each business an average £1,580 in lost earnings.

The sunshine is expected to provide a good outlook for tourism industry and businesses in the services sector including retailers, hotels, pubs and fast food outlets.

The FSB's national policy chairman, Mike Cherry, said: "It's great that the warm weather is continuing to provide a boost to small businesses up and down the country, especially considering how long businesses had to suffer from the cold this year."