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Coronavirus and industry sectors

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in significant industry disruption. This page collates ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources on the impact of coronavirus on different industry sectors.

ICAEW insights

Trade: pandemic boost to shopping local

ICAEW 24-01-2022

“During the pandemic we benefitted from the convenient location of our stores,” says Neil Robinson, CFO at Central England Co-operative.

Charity sector: resilience in the face of adversity

ICAEW 19-01-2022

While the charity sector has shown remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic, there are concerns that government support is masking the true extent of the financial impact. We examine the prognosis for the year ahead.

The travel industry has been ‘brutalised’

ICAEW 23-06-2021

With three years of lost revenue and a drastic reduction in headcount, the travel industry is fighting for survival and unlikely to recover overnight, explains Nicola Spoor, Travel, Audit & Tax Director at White Hart Associates.

Testing times lie ahead for UK farmers and hauliers

ICAEW 22-06-2021

Low demand twinned with fortunate weather conditions have enabled agriculture divisions to slip under the radar of some COVID and Brexit complications - but could this be the calm before the storm?

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External resources

General industry resources

Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID‑19)

GOV.UK 07-07-2020

Guidance published by GOV.UK for businesses that are allowed to reopen in England. Helps employers carry out a sector-specific risk assessment and make adjustments to their site and workforce in order to reopen safely.

COVID-19: UK industry focus – Where next?

Strategy& 15-05-2020

Series of insights from PwC’s Strategy& looking at how COVID-19 is affecting industries in the UK and how organisations can meet the challenge. Industries include power and utilities; travel and leisure; aviation; government; automotive; healthcare; pharmaceutical; banking; industrial manufacturing; real estate; asset and wealth management; retail; consumer goods; telecoms; insurance.

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

GOV.UK 11-05-2020

Guidance from GOV.UK on how to open workplaces in England safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. Includes guides for close contact services; construction and other outdoor work; factories, plants and warehouses; heritage locations; hotels and other guest accommodation, labs and research facilities; offices and contact centres; other people's homes; restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways; shops and branches; vehicles; the visitor economy.

Combating COVID-19: Insights by sector

Deloitte 21-04-2020

Industry-specific information and guidance from Deloitte on COVID-19. Sectors include aerospace and defence; automotive; consumer products and retail; financial services; government and public services; industrial products and construction; life sciences; mining and metals; oil, gas and chemicals; power, utilities and renewables; technology; telecom, media and entertainment; transportation and hospitality.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ONS 30-03-2020

Data and analysis from ONS on coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and its effect on the economy and society. Includes information on coronavirus and homeworking in the UK labour market and analysis of the industries and occupations that parents and those aged 70 or over work in.

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Survive and thrive

KPMG 21 MAY 2021

Report from the Irish Farmers Journal and KPMG examining how the Irish agribusiness sector has adapted in the wake of the dual threat of COVID-19 and Brexit.



COVID-19 impact on the European air traffic network


Information from aviation organisation EUROCONTROL on the impact of COVID-19 on air traffic in Europe. Includes a regularly updated assessment of the latest traffic situation and how it has changed compared to the same period in 2019. Also includes future air traffic scenarios and updates on the latest measures taken by European States and major European airlines in response to the pandemic.

Updated impact assessment of the novel Coronavirus

IATA 05 MARCH 2020

An updated assessment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) comparing the impact on aviation of previous disease outbreaks with COVID-19. It highlights the potential effects in different markets of a limited spread scenario and an extensive spread scenario in terms of impact on passenger numbers and passenger revenues.

Initial impact assessment of the novel Coronavirus


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) compares the impact on aviation of previous disease outbreaks with COVID-19. Data from February 2020 shows a 60% decline in domestic and international China passenger numbers and a potential industry-wide US$29bn loss of passenger revenues.


Coronavirus: Financial impact on higher education

House of Commons Library 15 JANUARY 2021

Research briefing from the House of Commons Library on the size of the financial impact of COVID-19 on universities in the UK. Considers international and home students numbers, research work and revenue from accommodation, catering and conferencing. Government measures to support the sector are also discussed.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on university finances

University and College Union 23 APRIL 2020

Report by London Economics for the University and College Union on the impact of COVID-19 on the finances of a selection of universities across the UK. Includes analysis of student enrolments and income, net cash inflow from operating activities and employment. Also considers the wider economic impact associated with the expected reduction in higher education institutions’ income and expenditure and this impact by region.

Energy and natural resources

COVID-19 and the UK waste sector

Tolvik Consulting 10-11-2020

Briefing from Tolvik Consulting assessing the impact of COVID-19 during the second quarter of 2020 on the UK waste sector, with a particular focus on residual waste. Includes a series of projections for residual waste in England for the rest of 2020-21 and through to 2025.

COVID-19 wind information hub

Wind Europe 15-04-2020

Information from trade association Wind Europe on coronavirus and the wind power sector. Includes impacts on the wind power supply chain and energy policy and regulation.

Fashion and textiles

Financial services

Food and drink

Health and beauty

How COVID-19 is changing the world of beauty

McKinsey & Company 05 MAY 2020

Article from McKinsey & Company examining the likely effects of COVID-19 on the beauty industry over the next three to six months. How the crisis could fundamentally change the industry in the long term is also explored together with how retailers, strategic players and investors can adapt.



Hospitality strategy: reopening, recovery, resilience

GOV.UK 16 JULY 2021

Policy paper from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Outlines how the UK government will work with the hospitality sector to return it to its pre-pandemic health and also build the sector’s longer term resilience.

Hotel sentiment survey

Deloitte 01 APRIL 2021

Regular survey by Deloitte of senior figures in international hospitality to help identify the business impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

Hospitality industry and Covid-19

House of Commons Library 23 MARCH 2021

The hospitality industry has been one of sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. This briefing paper from the House of Commons Library provides information on the hospitality industry in the UK, the impact of the pandemic and sources of support for the sector.

UKHospitality Coronavirus hub

UKHospitality 22 MARCH 2020

Regularly updated hub from UKHospitality covering guidance and announcements for catering, hotel and other hospitality businesses in the UK. It includes information on financial support, employer advice, public health advice, contracts advice, advice on laundries, and considerations for premises licence holders.

COVID-19: Hotel Industry Impact

STR 20 MARCH 2020

Analysis, commentary and webinars from STR, the data benchmarking and analytics firm, monitoring performance data in regions around the world for the hospitality sector.


COVID-19 manufacturing monitor

Make UK 08 FEBRUARY 2021

Fortnightly publication from industry association Make UK providing insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the UK’s manufacturing sector.

The impact of COVID-19 on the future of advanced manufacturing and production

World Economic Forum 04 JUNE 2020

Report from the World Economic Forum containing insights from its Global Network of Advanced Manufacturing Hubs. Discusses COVID-19’s impact on manufacturing in regions of the US, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Denmark and South Korea together with industry and government response efforts. Outlines best practices to help manufacturing across the globe address the challenges resulting from COVID-19.

Media and entertainment

The impact of COVID-19 on the UK publishing industry

Maverick Publishing Specialists 24 JULY 2020

Report from consultancy Maverick Publishing Specialists on the impact of COVID-19 on UK publishers. Includes insight into how organisations have adapted to changes; short-term operational challenges; impact on products, budgets, and forecasts; emerging trends and issues; recommendations and opportunities. Registration is required to download the report.

The projected economic impact of COVID-19 on the UK creative industries

Creative Industries Federation 17 JUNE 2020

Report by Oxford Economics commissioned by the Creative Industries Federation exploring the short-term effects of COVID-19 on the financial sustainability of the UK creative industries. Contains projections for turnover, GVA and job losses in 2020 with regional analysis. Segment specific projections are included for film, TV, video, radio and photography; music, performing and visual arts; crafts; design and designer fashion; advertising and market research; publishing; museums, galleries and libraries; architecture.


COVID-19 Insight in unprecedented times

LCP 09 APRIL 2020

Hub from pension consultants Lane Clark & Peacock LLP providing up to date thinking on how COVID-19 is impacting the market across three areas; Pensions, Investment and Insurance . It is designed to give expert reaction on the latest developments and what they might mean in the short and longer term as well as giving practical advice about dealing with challenging times.

Property and construction

Real estate reset: Offices and purpose beyond the pandemic


Industry survey from law firm CMS on the impact of COVID-19 on UK real estate and priorities for the sector as it moves beyond the pandemic. Explores the lasting impact coronavirus could have on the office asset class and the role of sustainability and social purpose as the sector responds to the pandemic.


Benchmarks: Footfall trends and analytics

Springboard 20 MARCH 2020

Daily analysis of footfall and visitor trends in retail and leisure venues in the UK and other countries from Springboard, data specialists for the retail sector, showing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Charts illustrate a sharp decline in UK footfall since mid-March 2020.



Impact of COVID-19 on the European recreational boating industry

European Boating Industry 29 APRIL 2021

Summary of a study by European Boating Industry, Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V., and boot Düsseldorf. Provides insight into how the recreational boating industry in Europe fared in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. An outlook for 2021 is also included.

2020 tourism forecast

VisitBritain 25 AUGUST 2020

Updated forecast from VisitBritain reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on the volume and value of inbound tourism to the UK for 2020. Also includes estimates of the impact on domestic tourism.

Transportation and logistics

The future of rail

House of Commons Library 22 DECEMBER 2021

Research paper from the House of Commons Library providing an overview of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, the Government's White Paper on rail reform, and some of the key challenges ahead for the railway in Great Britain. Includes a section on the impact of Coronavirus with an explanation of the arrangements the Government has put in place to ensure services continued to run during the pandemic.

The coronavirus and freight forwarding

TT Club 10 FEBRUARY 2020

Briefing from the transport and logistics insurer TT Club outlining how freight forwarders, logistics service providers and other intermediaries can protect themselves legally and minimise their liabilities during disruption to freight transport and supply chains caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.


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