Impact of COVID-19 on the Buckinghamshire economy

Buckinghamshire LEP, working in partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First and Buckinghamshire Council, is gathering and analysing evidence of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Buckinghamshire economy.

This evidence pack is a working document that is being updated on a regular basis.

In summary:

  • Buckinghamshire’s economy experienced a large hit (mainly in April/May 2020)
  • The local economy is slightly less reliant on some of the hardest hit sectors than the national economy, which should enable it to bounce back a bit quicker
  • Recovery has been slow and stuttering due to the re-introduction of COVID-19 restrictions and rules
  • Consumer-facing services have been hardest hit (hospitality, personal services, the arts, events)
  • However, impact has been felt across most sectors, including admin and support services, professional services and manufacturing
  • The construction sector looks likely to help drive recovery in Buckinghamshire
  • Retail has bounced back but in a different form (online vs high street), with an impact on high streets and jobs
  • High levels of debt is likely to be the biggest barrier to growth, innovation and job creation in 2021

Download the document here >

Last updated: 26/01/2021

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If you have any queries, suggestions or requests, please contact Caroline Perkins, Research Manager at Buckinghamshire LEP at or on Twitter at @caroline_BLEP.

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