The majority of small firms in the region will have broken New Year resolutions to improve their business by the end of January, research suggests.
A study undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive claims 60 per cent of SMEs in the West Midlands make New Year's resolutions, but that 84 per cent of these will breach them within one month.
The results also suggested the majority of firms made pledges to improve their financial systems and marketing. However, many failed to achieve their goals because changes were either too expensive or take up too many resources. Staff training and enhancing the IT systems were also high on the priorities of small business.
Nick Ratty, West Midlands HSE head of operations, said firms could find improving health and safety more affordable.
"Many fail to make the most of new practices, but health and safety measures are always in the interest of the firm," he said.