Insights

The pandemic is impacting every sector in different ways. Our insight series unpicks the details using the latest data and expert commentary.
Life sciences sector

The post coronavirus commercial landscape provides fresh, new opportunities for UK leaders in digital health to explore rapid growth in China, Japan and Korea.

Transport and logistic sector

In addition to coping with the ongoing impacts of coronavirus, the transport and logistics sector must also prepare for the UK’s emergence from the transition agreement with the European Union on 1 January 2021.

Automotive sector

The Chancellor's summer statement was met with disappointment by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, who pointed out the German Government had proposed a  €5bn package of incentives, and the French Government has unveiled an €8bn plan.

Aerospace sector

While flight numbers are increasing as lockdowns are eased and the summer holiday season begins, major manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing still estimate it will take as long as four or five years for the industry to recover to pre-coronavirus levels.

Retail and wholesale sector

Retailers will continue to play a key role in battling the coronavirus pandemic. Government guidelines are in place for how they can operate safely including rules requiring shoppers to wear face masks. Clearly, it’s vital that we now see a recovery in consumer confidence, but safety remains a priority.

Food & drink sector

Sales of alcoholic beverages have inevitably been impacted by the closure of pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, as well as travel restrictions. Speed of recovery will depend on how quickly such venues are able to reopen in the coming months.

All insight articles

Article - 4th Aug 2020

In addition to coping with the ongoing impacts of coronavirus, the transport and logistics sector must also prepare for the UK’s emergence from the transition agreement with the European Union on 1 January 2021. This is the moment that Brexit becomes a practical reality with consequences that wil...

While the retail sector is now fully open for business, retailers will continue to play a key role in battling the coronavirus pandemic. Government guidelines are in place for how they can operate safely including, since 24 July, rules requiring shoppers to wear face masks. Clearly, it’s vital tha...

A recent Santander webinar looked at the challenges and uncertainty UK businesses are facing as the Brexit process nears its conclusion. The UK’s ability to recover quickly from the coronavirus-related downturn is likely to depend to a significant degree on British businesses’ ability to find ...

The Chancellor’s summer statement on 8 July was met with disappointment by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said: ‘The UK now stands alone as the only country of Europe’s five biggest economies not to provide dedicated support for its automotive industry, a situatio...

While flight numbers are increasing as lockdowns are eased and the summer holiday season begins, major manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing still estimate it will take as long as four or five years for the industry to recover to pre-coronavirus levels. Rolls-Royce says it’s likely to make signi...

The UK’s rail industry is world-class. Having pioneered the development of the railways two centuries ago, the UK continues to lead the way in the design and construction of modern rail systems, and in the management and improvement of the networks already up and running. According to Oxford Econ...

Article - 21st Jul 2020

As the UK recovers slowly from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Government continues to offer logistics operators support. Its latest announcement is that the HGV levy will be suspended for 12 months from 1 August, to help hauliers as they keep goods moving round the country. The levy, o...

Article - 21st Jul 2020

With stores now reopening as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, many retailers and wholesalers are now thinking strategically about how to prepare for the months and years ahead. Data from the Office of National Statistics covering the first two weeks of June reveals 85% of retailers began trading a...

With uncertainty in the automotive industry remaining high, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published its annual trade report, Risks and Opportunities: UK Automotive Trade In A Post-Covid World . The report shows that the sector is agile, flexible and fundamentally competit...

Article - 16th Jul 2020

New figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) suggest airlines are expected to make a loss of $84.3 billion in 2020, with passenger numbers down 50% on last year. With fewer passengers to be carried, and at lower prices, profitability will be seriously affected, especially give...

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