A meeting of business people in Telford has heard of a ‘positive environment’ amongst Shropshire businesses in terms of sales and orders.

A number of speakers at a Shropshire Chamber of Commerce patrons’ forum hosted by Chrisbeon Office Supplies spoke of ‘positive news’ regarding Shropshire businesses moving forward.

Speakers said there was a mood of optimism as the country comes out of recession with businesses in the county now more confident to plan ahead.

Signs that business was at last on the move were being reflected in car and house sales, the meeting was told.

The forum of more than 25 Shropshire Chamber patrons was addressed by brothers Richard and Craig Hughes, partners of Chrisbeon Office Supplies who will next year celebrate their 40thanniversary in business.

The Stafford Park-based firm specialises in office stationery and furniture, designing projects for one man bands working from home to multi national organisations.

The firm employs 13 people – five of whom have been with the company for over 20 years and a further three for more than 10 years.

Winner of a chair in a free prize draw was Alex Norcross of Natural Welsh Water.

Joining brothers Richard Hughes (left) and Craig Hughes (right) at Chrisbeon’s hosting of the patrons’ forum were Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, and Justine Vaughan of Triangle HR, also a patron.