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05 March 2021
Shopper confidence has increased again in February to -4, the highest level in over a year according to our latest Shopper Confidence Index results. Key drivers for confidence The increase is driven by the announcement of the planned easing of lockdown restrictions and the rapid rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Key changes Confidence dipped to -9 at the beg...
04 March 2021
Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has presented a new Budget to Parliament. This was published alongside a new Economic & Fiscal Outlook (EFO) report by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the government’s official forecaster. There are few real surprises, as most measures were “trailed” in advance in the general media, but it is clear that the Chancellor ha...
03 March 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland Executive has published its plan to ease restrictions . It is more cautious and measured than the four-st...
03 March 2021
George Eustice, Environment Secretary, gave a speech at the annual NFU Conference last week, outlining government plans for agriculture. What he said Mr Eustice praised farmers for their resilience and responsiveness when faced with challenges such as COVID-19 and EU Exit. He also welcomed improved prices for some farm products, especially in livestock sectors. The majority of hi...
03 March 2021
The global grocery retail market is on track to generate an additional $440bn in sales between 2020 and 2022, yielding a 3.1% CAGR ( compound annual growth rate ), according to the latest forecast from global insight provider IGD. This follows an exceptional growth for grocery in 2020, which saw the top 20 markets grow by $280bn – an 8.8% YoY growth. Accelerated growth in most of the global ...
01 March 2021
Explore your unique dynamic as a person and what makes authenticity so important in building your influence and impact at work.  This is a highly interactive session, well-suited to watching back in your own time. We recommend you download the accompanying workbook so you can complete the reflective activities at the same time. Watch the full recording below to explore: What ...
26 February 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Deadline for Northern Ireland digital assistance scheme workshops Registration closes on Friday 26 February to participate in workshops to help design, develop and test the new ...
26 February 2021
Watch this EU-UK transition video to keep up to date on the key issues for the food and consumer goods industry. This video will cover: The trade deal in practice – how is it working? What’s next – planned changes to importing Economic update – is recovery on the way? Shopper data – pressures on the household budget Download the slides More economic...
23 February 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. Roadmap to easing restrictions The Prime Minister has announced a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England. Lockdown will be released in stages across the country a...
23 February 2021
New ONS data on unemployment is now available, covering the period up to November 2020. This shows UK the unemployment rate creeping up from 4.0% in January to 5.1% in November, meaning that the number of people unemployed rose by 380,000 (up 28%). Young adults continue to bear the brunt of rising unemployment – unemployment rates for 16-17 and 18-24 year-olds were 25.3% and 13.4% resp...