The UK is set to grow faster than any other Western economy, according to the ICAEW – the body representing English and Welsh accountants.
Its monitor of business confidence, sponsored by accountants Grant Thornton, suggests economic growth of 1.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The report identified signs of rising business confidence.
Its view of the economy mirrors that of the CBI, whose recent assessment also suggest a strong pick-up in growth.
The CBI, whose annual conference begins on Monday, said the UK economy was recovering at a “slow and steady” pace.