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The picture across the South East is mixed, reflecting the diverse nature of the business community. There’s no hiding the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on Gatwick airport, the surrounding area, and the aviation and tourism industries generally.

Many companies are adapting to manufacturing new products in response to the crisis and certain sectors, like Pharmaceuticals and technology have been resilient in the face of the economic impact.

The region is home to a number of businesses providing sustainable services, renewable energy and low carbon innovation and the current climate will clearly accelerate the opportunity it presents for a ‘green recovery’.


Analysis of our latest Rethinking the Economy survey reveals a sharp rise in business confidence. 94% of business leaders in the South East think now is the right time to invest, up from 56% in May, and a higher percentage (39%) than in the rest of the country think it will take between 3 – 6 months to return to Pre-Covid revenues now the strictest restrictions have been lifted.

The findings paint the most positive picture for the regional economy since our research began in September last year and show businesses are gearing up for growth. 96% expect their workforce to grow above what it was pre-pandemic and almost half of these (44%) anticipate this growth will come from merging with, or acquiring another business.

Recruitment remains one of the biggest barriers to growth. With89% of businesses either struggling to fill posts, or unable to find people with appropriate skills, over a third (36%) plan to use the Government’s kick-start scheme to look for future talent - this is higher than any other region. Almost half (47%) have implemented incentives, such as pay rises, or bonuses to staff, to retain talent.

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February 2021
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