Economists are already revising their views on when interest rates will rise from their current historic low of 0.5 percent. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, said that he would consider raising them when unemployment hit 7 percent, which now looks likely to happen sooner rather than later. While this "forward guidance" is not an iron-clad rule, better-than-expected economic data is still more likely to lead to an earlier interest rate rise.
With an election ahead next year, the government will want the man in the street to feel the benefit of the recovery. The opposition Labour Party were quick to go on the offensive, with Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls saying: "For working people facing a cost-of-living crisis this is still no recovery at all."
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"The growth spurt that we saw in late-2013 may be as good as it gets for a while," according to Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, in a note.
"Bank lending also remains frustratingly weak."
He concluded that the U.K. recovery is more likely to be "subdued" than derailed.
"We mustn't pat ourselves on the back for a recovery that is merely good, when what we need is a recovery that is truly great," Longworth said.
- By CNBC's Catherine Boyle. Twitter: @cboylecnbc.