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British businesses look to new markets for export growth

Our latest research shows that North America, Oceania and Greater China are the favoured regions for UK businesses seeking export opportunities beyond the European Union (EU).

Building back better with digital

Our new research shows international trade is set to provide UK businesses with a route out of the difficulties they have faced over the past 12 months.

Beyond Europe: Embracing exports the world over

Our new research shows leading British businesses are embracing new international markets as they look to exploit growing export opportunities. The Spring 2021 edition of our Trade Barometer research shows that British expo...

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The rise and rise of online retail

The latest research from Retail Economics highlights the continuing boom in ecommerce. Online sales rose by 52.7% year-on-year in August (in value terms and non-seasonally adjusted), compared to an 11.6% rise in the same mo...

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New rules to keep goods moving post-Brexit

The Government has announced further plans in recent days to reduce congestion at the UK's key transit points in Kent when the post-Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31 December. MP, Michael Gove, has unveiled t...

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Taking your business further: how international trade offers a way out of the coronavirus crisis

New Santander research shows that while the performance of UK businesses has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, many remain optimistic about their ability to grow. Santander's fourth annual Trade Barometer report ...

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Manufacturers call for ambitious post-Brexit free trade agreement

European automotive manufacturers are putting pressure on politicians in Britain and Brussels to agree an ambitious free trade agreement (FTA) as soon as possible. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has j...

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Rising coronavirus levels threaten sector recovery

New figures for July 2020 show that aerospace manufacturing has finally returned to growth. ADS, the trade organisation for the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors, has reported a 13.6% increase in aircraft pr...

Automotive

Automotive sector looks to collaboration

Increased collaboration makes sense in an era of tough cost pressure and it's an idea that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have begun to embrace. Share this article linkedin twitter email The latest example...

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Retail sales bounce higher again

Data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) shows that retailers continue to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Share this article linkedin twitter email The latest BRC Retail Index shows UK reta...

Transport

Preparing for Brexit

With the Brexit negotiations now competing for headline space with the coronavirus crisis, many businesses are anxiously trying to assess what action they need to take with the UK's transitional agreement with the European ...

Chemicals

Planning for life after the EU

As well as coping with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the UK's chemical businesses are also having to plan ahead for arrangements once the transition agreement comes to an end following the UK's departure from the...

Aerospace

Counting the cost of the coronavirus pandemic

While the vast majority of manufacturers have survived the coronavirus crisis so far, it's likely we'll see increased level of stress during the final months of the year -- and accelerated mergers and acquisitions (M&A) ...