Building and support services company Mitie has said some clients had cancelled projects and others were hesitating about going ahead after the terror attacks in the USA on 11 September.
But chairman David Telling said that Mitie's overall prospects were good. He said: "While it sensible to temper optimism with caution, we have seen few cancellations and are reasonably confident that the market for our services is strong."
Increased government spending on infrastructure would provide opportunities despite hesitancy among some private sector clients, he added. He made the comments as the group posted pre-tax profit for the six months to 30 September, up 29.5% to £14.1m from £10.9m in the same period last year. Turnover rose 21.2% from £199.3m to £241.6m.