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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’.


The findings from our latest Rethinking the Economy survey of mid-sized businesses make stark reading, with stock shortage and supply chain issues piling pressure on businesses in the South East.

• 30% say unexpected delays from international suppliers are putting pressure on how they operate

• 39% will have to reduce products or services next month to manage staff shortages

Businesses in the South East have been particularly hard hit by the shortage of overseas workers caused or exacerbated by Brexit, and this is one of the main reasons for recruitment issues.

• 39% cite a lack of available talent in the region is fuelling the problem

• 42% plan to offer permanent remote or hybrid working to make their company more attractive to potential candidates

Despite these considerable challenges, 94% of regional leaders are actively seeking additional capital over the next 12 to 18 months – 55% of which will be used to fund mergers and acquisitions.

A full analysis of our latest research can be found here.

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