Press Release: UK SMEs ‘jumping before they’re pushed’ in switch to non-EU markets


Small businesses in the UK are diverting exports away from the EU, according to a report into international sales trends ahead of a pivotal moment in the Brexit negotiations. Research from Aston University shows SMEs have moved over £10bn a year in exports to non-EU markets since the referendum on UK membership of the EU in 2016. The smallest…

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Press Release: Brexit – UK small firms ‘jump before pushed’ into global trade outside the EU


British small firms are “jumping before they’re pushed” into global trade outside the EU, boosting exports to the Commonwealth and leading emerging markets, according to new figures. A research paper indicates the UK’s exporters have diverted around £10bn (£12.4bn) of potential trade with European markets to new exports around the world…

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Press Release: Brexit – UK’s smallest firms divert £10bn in exports away from EU


Companies are ‘jumping before they are pushed’ as fears mount over collapse in trade talks. Micro Exporters have switched up to 46% of new export growth to non-EU markets since the Brexit vote. Britain’s smallest companies are “jumping before they are pushed” by diverting £10bn in exports away from the EU as concerns mount over a possible collapse…

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Press Release: Will COVID-19 solve the UK productivity puzzle?


Adversity often gives rise to innovation and a boost in productivity, and the coronavirus outbreak looks set to be no different, prompting a new attitude to digital technology. The coronavirus-induced shutdown has caused a revolution in how we work . Overnight bricks-and-mortar stores shuttered, while agile businesses shifted online to survive. Countless collaborative…

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Blog Post: Lessons from China – This is how COVID-19 could affect globalization


The Conversation article, 'Coronavirus won’t kill globalisation – but a shakeup is inevitable' written by Prof Jun Du, Dr Agelos Delis, Dr Mustapha Douch and Dr Oleksandr Shepotylo  has been published in the World Economic Forum 'Lessons from China: This is how COVID-19 could affect globalization'.          

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Blog Post: Coronavirus won’t kill globalisation – but a shakeup is inevitable


The COVID-19 pandemic is now expected to trigger the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Many argue it could unravel globalisation altogether. Globalisation relies on complex links – global value chains (GVCs) – that connect producers across multiple countries. These producers often use highly specialised intermediate goods, or “inputs”, produced by…

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Blog Post: US-UK trade talks have begun – here’s what each side wants and what to expect


Trade talks between the UK and US have officially begun. Both parties are working towards a free trade agreement – a full deal, as opposed to something like the recent China-US “mini deal” that focuses on certain export targets to manage trade between the two countries. Like a lot of relationships at the moment, this one is being negotiated over video.……

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Revised Publication: Defying Gravity? Policy Uncertainty, Trade Destruction and Diversion


Dr Mustapha Douch, Professor Jun Du and Dr Enrico Vanino have made substantial changes to their publication 'Defying Gravity? Policy Uncertainty, Trade Destruction and Diversion'. To read the full article, please click here.

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Prof Jun Du Radio Interview with Sputnik


On Wednesday 29 April 2020, Prof Jun Du was invited to give a radio interview with Sputnik looking at how vulnerable the UK economy is and what Britain can do to boost productivity. Details of the full interview can be found here.

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Blog Post: How to boost UK productivity after coronavirus


The UK faces a highly uncertain economic future – with its recent withdrawal from the EU and the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak casting much into disarray. But one thing is clear: as part of its recovery, the UK economy will need to address some serious long-term issues around productivity. Productivity is the output produced given the inputs employed, such as…

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