A series of Midland businesses have revealed a bright future.
Support services and construction company Carillion says it is building on its start to 2005 and remains confident about its full year results.
The Wolverhampton-based group provided a six month trading statement in advance of its interim results announcement on September 7.
It said Carillion had continued to build on the "positive start to the year that it reported in its statement on May 11" and the group's performance in the first six months of 2005 was "expected to be firmly in line with expectations".
The statement said: "Carillion continues to benefit from the good positions it has established in its key markets. The value of its order book and framework contracts at the half-year is expected to be over £5 billion and its pipeline of probable orders has increased substantially to some £2.7 billion."
It said trading conditions were expected to remain positive in the second half and it "remains confident of its full-year performance".
Engineering group Amec - which employs about 400 people in the West Midlands - said expectations for overall trading in 2005 remained in line with those highlighted in March.
Then, the group said each of its three main business segments - oil & gas, engineering and technical services, and infrastructure projects - were expected to deliver further growth.
Consultancy White Young Green, which has an office in Birmingham city centre, said it expects pretax profit before goodwill for the full year to be significantly ahead of last year and in line with current market expectations.
The company said market conditions continued to be favourable.