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 - 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...

The post coronavirus commercial landscape provides fresh, new opportunities for UK leaders in digital health to explore rapid growth in China, Japan and Korea. This article is based on our coronavirus webinar series on Digital Health and opportunities in Far East post Covid-19. The UK’s dynamic l...

While some parts of the food and drink sector have proved resilient during the coronavirus pandemic, 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 quick...

Article - 8th Jul 2020

As the Government continues to open up non-essential services as the coronavirus pandemic eases, businesses will, from 4 July, be able to book HGVs, buses and trailers in for MOTs. The timings published for when vehicles need to be tested are: MOT originally due in March – vehicle must now pass M...

On Monday 15 June, at least in England, stores across all retail categories were able to reopen for the first time in three months. Retail Economics looked at what 50 major non-essential brands decided to do in practice. Just over half (52%) reopened all their stores immediately, while the rest opte...

As Britain emerges from its coronavirus lockdown, firms in the UK are facing a host of challenges as they attempt to get back to business as usual.

For many businesses, the #BlackLivesMatter movement looks set to be a watershed moment. Businesses recognise the need for more than just token gestures, understanding they share society’s responsibility to celebrate diversity and inclusion. This will mean building more diverse workforces, includin...

Article - 2nd Jul 2020

MakeUK’s latest report on the manufacturing sector reveals that the chemical industry’s performance in the second quarter was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

We’re continuing to work closely with our partners and clients from across the food and drink sector as they manage the challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis.

The Government has now published details relating to the UK’s departure from the post-Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021.

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