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Economic Research alert - February 2022


This paper provides an overview of research in the public domain with a focus on the priorities from the Scottish Enterprise Business Plan (jobs, net zero, place) – there is also a section on covid and Brexit.


The methodology consisted of desk research.


Jobs: Skills shortages continue to be highlighted across a range of surveys. The Chartered Institute of Management suggests businesses should embrace hybrid working as “best practice”. Net zero: Research suggests some companies’ claims are just greenwashing. Household waste is on the rise with the Carbon Metric report suggesting that waste from Scottish households grew by 3.2% in 2020. Place: High streets in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff lost nearly a year’s worth of sales due to the pandemic. Film and broadcasting activities generated a record £42.4m for Glasgow's economy last year. Covid/Brexit: The UK has lost around £7bn from the impact of Omicron restrictions on travel and tourism, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Ten million jobs in creative industries worldwide were lost in 2020 as a result of the Covid pandemic.


This paper makes no recommendations.

Author Scottish Enteprise
Published Year 2022
Report Type Research
  • Internationalisation
    People/talent attraction
  • Other