1. The Covid-19 Unemployment Problem
    Jul 2020

    Covid-19 will lead to a major increase in unemployment. Any response needs to be done with urgency and therefore without perfect foresight. We have highlighted a series of insights from our work which could help to improve the effectiveness of different responses in the coming months.
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  2. Port of London economic impact
    Jun 2020

    The Port of London is the second largest port in the UK. SQW’s latest economic impact study estimates that activity in the Port generates £4.5bn in GVA and supports 48,000 jobs.
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  3. Early assessment of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund
    May 2020

    The £250 million Midlands Engine Investment Fund was launched by the British Business Bank in 2017 to support small businesses in the Midlands. Our Early Assessment Report found that the Fund has helped to create 629 jobs, with 37 per cent paying above the UK upper quartile income of £36,500 a year.
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  4. Invest Northern Ireland's Fund of Funds Model
    May 2020

    The Fund of Funds is a holding vehicle through which Invest NI organises the delivery of a continuum of risk capital funding, from start-up finance to development capital. SQW's interim evaluation found that this structure provides a robust mechanism to oversee delivery of a suite of access to finance funds in Northern Ireland, at a relatively low cost.
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  5. SME Manufacturing and Covid-19
    May 2020

    The Office for Budget Responsibility’s reference scenario implies that the manufacturing sector will be one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis with a fall in output of 55% in the second quarter. Manufacturing is particularly important to the economies of the Midlands and North of England, so the impacts of Covid-19 will hit these areas disproportionately hard.
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