That great British barometer of the economy - white van man and woman - gave their verdict on the state of UK business today.
Leicestershire County Council is lending £10 million to a bank to help them provide affordable mortgages.
The double dip recession is deepening and the current forecast is for zero growth in 2012. but how is the Midlands faring?
Erin Huckle from Experience Nottingham says a revitalised Nottingham Castle will mean tourists will stay for longer in the city.
Shopkeepers in the East Midlands are reporting a drop in sales as people stay at home to watch the Olympics.
It comes despite many predictions that the Games would create a "feelgood" spending spree.
Some traders say the streets have been virtually empty when the top British athletes have been in action.
Traders in Mapperley in Nottinghamshire say the streets have been virtually empty when top British athletes have been in action. It comes despite many predictions that the Games would create a retail boom.
There's been a big increase in sales of new cars this month across the Midlands, official figures revealed today.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it shows there's been a rise in confidence among buyers.
The society says the Midlands as a whole has fared better than the rest of the country.
Exports from the East Midlands have reached their highest level in the first quarter for 6 years.
They hit £4.6 billion in the first three months of 2012 up from £3.5 billion in 2010. It means the region’s businesses are back in the black, exporting more goods than they imported for the first time since 2006.