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18th May 2021

Pandemic impacts felt across the British economy

Our new research highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has had very different impacts on individual parts of the UK economy.

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.

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International businesses weather pandemic and Brexit storms

Our new research shows UK businesses that are active on the international stage have proved more resilient amid the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Automotive production stuck in the slow lane

October's data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on the production of cars, commercial vehicles and engines underlines the scale of the challenge that the automotive sector continues to face. Tota...

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More support unveiled for aerospace industry

Data from the trade body, ADS, shows aircraft orders registered their highest delivery figures of the year in October, with 85 commercial aircraft deliveries globally. However, the figures remain low relative to pre-coronav...

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Support for innovation

One impact of the coronavirus crisis has been to constrain the funding available for innovation projects. In the life sciences sector, some companies have struggled to keep key projects on track through the pandemic. In res...

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Retail sales continue to recover despite new coronavirus restrictions

The recovery of retail sales continued in October, with shoppers spending more for the fifth successive month. New data reveals that sales rose 4.9% compared to October 2019 (on a total basis) according to the BRC-KPMG Reta...

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More post-Brexit support available

The Government has unveiled more support for logistics businesses on post-Brexit customs arrangements, as the UK prepares to leave the single market and the customs union on 31 December. With the post-Brexit transition peri...

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UK lockdowns highlight importance of international opportunities

Figures from the British Retail Consortium show that UK sales were up 5.2% on a like-for-like basis in October -- an increase which excludes temporarily closed stores, but takes online sales into account. On a total basis,...

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Regulatory concerns rise as Brexit looms

The regulatory implications of the UK's departure from the European Union (EU) are a serious concern for businesses in all parts of the economy. With just a few weeks until the end of the implementation period, British fi...

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Aerospace looks to the future despite depressed demand

While there have been some tentative signs of improvement, the aerospace sector remains depressed. Third quarter data from ADS, who represent UK businesses operating in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, sh...

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Preparing for Brexit transition with or without a deal

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is urging chemicals sector companies to put contingency plans in place to make sure they'll be able to continue operating even if the UK and the European Union (EU) are unable to re...