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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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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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How chemicals companies will confront the green challenge

The chemicals sector will play a key role in the Government's new Green Plan as we work towards the net zero emissions target. The phrase 'natural capital' describes the stock of renewable and non-renewable resources ...

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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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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...


Dealing with the practicalities of international expansion

Our new research has found that the coronavirus pandemic has only served to increase the importance of international trade.

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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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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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We deliver a successful Life Sciences Week

We were delighted to host our first Life Sciences Week, which featured support and advice for businesses looking to enter or build their business in markets including China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East's Gulf Cooperati...