Regional review: In the middle of it all

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The more honest and straightforward in the Midlands market will tell you they have been through the mill this year and the results of our survey of Midlands' readers backs that up. That's not to say that this market has suffered anymore than others in the UK - it's just that they are a bit more pragmatic and less likely to fudge the issue in the Midlands. Overall though, they are a positive bunch.

In line with our survey of the Scottish market in April, the vast majority of Midlands' brokers (86