Businesses have been telling the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, that times are still tough.
Car giant firm Toyota is celebrating 20 years of manufacturing at its plant on Deeside. The North Wales plant employs more than 500 people.
Firefighters have been battling this afternoon to bring a fire at the Ifor Williams Trailer distribution factory on Deeside under control.
Japanese car giant Toyota has announced 70 new jobs at its plant on Deeside.
The operation, which employs over 500, makes engines for the firm's Avensis and Auris cars.
Last September the company marked 20 years of manufacturing in North Wales.
Toyota is celebrating its' 20th Anniversary on Deeside.
The engine plant began manufacturing in 1992 and now employs more than 500 people.
Richard Kenworthy is the Director at Toyota's Engine Plant at Deeside, and he spoke to our Business Correspondent Carole Green about the challenges and highlights of the past 20 years.
A spokesperson for a Deeside trailer manufacturer says production will resume as soon as possible following a fire earlier today.
The main production area at Ifor Williams Trailers on the Deeside Industrial Estate is largely unaffected.
– Ifor Williams Trailers spokesperson
The most important thing is that all 70 members of staff were evacuated safely from the building. We are grateful to the emergency services for their prompt response and for their efforts in tackling the fire. The fire has been put out by the fire service who are on standby duty. We will work closely with them to identify the cause. In the meantime we are carrying out a full assessment of the damage.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they are dealing with a fire on the Deeside Industrial Estate.
A spokesperson said crews were called to the incident in a building on 4th Avenue, Deeside Industrial Estate, at 12.58pm.
Eyewitnesses have described hearing loud bangs from the Ifor Williams Trailers factory. They say there were large clouds of thick black smoke, but that the fire is now largely under control.
Appliances from Deeside, Buckley, Mold, Holywell, Wrexham and St Asaph, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform, the Environmental Protection Unit and the Incident Command Unit, were all sent to deal with the fire.
There is a fierce debate over the proposal to build an incinerator in Deeside. Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader of Flintshire County Council, says thousands of people have signed a petition, angry at the choice of location.
Colin Everett, Chief Executive Flintshire County Council, acknowledges that plans for an incinerator, burning non-recyclable waste, on Deeside are - and will remain - controversial. He says that they will be closely scrutinised, and emissions will be monitored to make sure there's no risk to people.
Deeside Industrial Estate has been chosen as the site for a new facility to divert only non-recyclable (residual) waste from landfill. The project will be operational from 2017 and expects to process 150,000 tonnes of waste a year - costing £800m over 25 years.