Official: Richard Branson is the UK's “most impressive businessman”

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has been voted Britain’s most impressive businessperson, in a poll of senior business executives by Ipsos-MORI .

For the second year running, Sir Richard came top of the pack with 13% anointing him as the most impressive business leader.

He came ahead of Sainsbury’s boss Justin King and WPP chief Sir Martin Sorrell, who were both tied on 9%.

Sir James Dyson was 4th (7%) and RBS boss Stephen Hester was 5th at 6%.

The results came in a poll of 103 senior business figures by Ipsos-MORI in their Captains of Industry survey.

In further findings, nearly a third (31%) of business leaders expected the economy to improve while 57% said it would stay the same. Only 12% predicted it would get worse, a considerable improvement from last year when 56% of business leaders surveyed felt the economy would get worse.

Most of the business figures polled (68%) said it would be at least two years until the UK economy begins to grow in a significant way again.

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