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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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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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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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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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Retailers should prepare for sustained online demand

The BRC Retail Index shows retail sales increased 6.1% on a like-for-like basis in September when compared to a year earlier. This figure excludes stores which were closed temporarily, but includes online purchases. On a to...

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Aircraft sector waits for Covid-19 to pass

Santander's Life Sciences Week initiative offered the chance to support businesses in the sector with a series of webinars and sessions focusing on challenges and opportunities. The commercial aircraft sector has been par...

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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...


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) ...