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Daily Mail – Middle-class jobs bloodbath
October 26, 2020

Commuter towns and seaside resorts are bearing the brunt with a MILLION more people facing the dole before Christmas after furlough scheme ends this weekend, economic experts warn   The pandemic has created a middle-class unemployment crisis that will get ‘much worse’ as Christmas approaches, experts warn.   Analysis reveals the extent of the jobs bloodbath

The Times – Jobs support scheme ‘will not halt rising unemployment’
October 12, 2020

Fears are growing of a surge in unemployment before Christmas as the recovery in the economy falters under pressure from a second wave of Covid-19.   The Institute of Public Policy Research and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, two leading think tanks, have warned that the chancellor’s job support schemes will do little to prevent

Evening Standard – Premier League clubs’ trade deficit predicted to hit £698m as spending continues despite Covid-19 pandemic
October 1, 2020

Premier League clubs are continuing to dwarf European sides when it comes to spending in the transfer market, despite the financial impact of Covid-19.   That is according to a new report conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and commissioned by Football Index, which investigated the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on the transfer market.

City A.M. – Second local lockdown could cost London more than £2bn
September 21, 2020

London could face annual costs of more than £2bn if fresh curfew measures are implemented in the capital, according to a new report.   Leading think tank the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) today warned that 10pm curfews introduced elsewhere in the UK could reverse the country’s economic recovery if slapped on London venues.  

The Times – Economy faces losses of £250m a day during second wave
September 21, 2020

The economy faces a hit of £250 million a day from a second wave of Covid-19 infections if partial lockdowns reverse the increase in people going to pubs and restaurants and returning to work, according to a new report.   The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a think-tank, warned that GDP could fall by between

The Times – House prices forecast to drop by 14% next year
September 14, 2020

View the full article here.   House prices will fall by almost 14 per cent next year once the government’s temporary cut in stamp duty ends and the economic impact of coronavirus filters through to the property market, according to an analysis by an economic consultancy.   Figures from the Nationwide Building Society this month

The Guardian – No return of workers to offices ‘could cost UK economy £480bn’
September 8, 2020

The UK economy could lose almost half a trillion pounds of output if workers fail to return to their offices, a study estimates.   Douglas McWilliams, a former chief economic adviser to the Confederation of British Industry, has warned the economy will not return to its pre-pandemic size until 2025 if home working continues in

The Times – Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme boosts ailing hospitality sector
August 17, 2020

The number of people dining out during the week has surged this month since the introduction of Eat Out to Help Out, bringing in hundreds of millions of pounds for Britain’s suffering hospitality sector.   The scheme has given the country “a much-needed boost towards normality”, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.   The

Evening Standard – The City is dead, long live the City: the future of the Square Mile
August 8, 2020

The Centre for Economics and Business Research is one group that feels all of London will suffer if it loses the aura of being an exciting place to work.   Pablo Shah, a senior economist at the CEBR, said: “We had a management meeting in the office and were able to see what London looks like as

City A.M. – Working from home costs London hospitality sector £2.3bn, economists say
August 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused £2.3bn of spending to be lost or displaced in shops, pubs and cafes near London employment hubs, according to new analysis by a think tank.   The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) also estimated that the capital will lose out on roughly £178m a month of spending compared

Daily Mail – One in three office workers want to continue working from home after coronavirus threat is over, survey reveals
July 20, 2020

The study showed a demand for more flexible working, up from a tenth in 2019 The survey found 32% of people expecting to at least partially work from home It comes as Boris Johnson on Friday urged Brits back to deserted High Streets   One in three office workers want to continue working from home

Evening Standard – Saving Central London: One in four could work from home for good
July 20, 2020

View the full article here.   The number of London workers operating from home will double to 25 per cent over the next five years, with huge long-term implications for the capital’s economy, according to new analysis today.   It comes after the Standard yesterday revealed how the absence of commuters has already had a devastating impact

The Times – Hongkongers could offer £40bn boost to UK economy
July 6, 2020

View the full article here.   The high productivity of Hong Kong citizens and the tendency of migrants to work hard as they establish themselves would add to Britain’s wealth if the government’s special immigration pathway were used, the Centre for Economic and Business Research has said.   The consultancy estimated that mass migration of Hongkongers to

The Express – Britons set to spend eye-watering amount as pubs reopen following lockdown
June 29, 2020

BRITONS are expected to spend £210million at pubs this weekend following the coronavirus lockdown.   After three months since the lockdown was imposed on March 23, people across the country will be able to visit bars and pubs again on July 4. But some landlords will remain closed due to staffing costs and thanks to off-sales

The Times – Rush to bar likely when pubs reopen their doors
June 29, 2020

A third of adults are planning a trip to the pub when they reopen at the weekend in a much-needed boost for landlords, new research predicts.   Takings in English pubs are set to reach £210 million over the July 4 weekend, about 72 per cent higher than the average weekend turnover, according to the Centre for Economics

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