Aukett Swanke Group, the international practice of architects and interior design specialists, posts pre-tax profits of ã815,000 or the six months to the end of March, 9% up on last time.

Revenues were up 21% at ã9.2m and earnings per share were up 39% at 0.43p.

The interim dividend of 0.11 pence per share is up from 0.10p last time.

Chief executive Nicholas Thompson said the resulted showed a continuous improvement in performance when compared to the six month periods to 31 March and 30 September 2014, respectively.

He said: ãIn the light of these results, our financial position and the Board's outlook, we are pleased to announce the payment of an increased interim dividend.

"The Group's performance in the first half has been achieved despite a number of external factors which we have had to contend with. The run up to the General Election in the UK caused some softening in the UK market in the first half whilst Russia and Turkey were impacted by, variously, currency volatility and political uncertainty which deferred local client decision-making.

"We continue to invest in the Middle East which we believe has good growth prospects."