Optimism grows for British businesses | Global e-commerce trends | Investment in greener businesses

Posted on 8/04/2021 by DHL Express

Optimism grows for British businesses as lockdown eases

The British Chambers of Commerce has published their first Quarlerly Economic Survey for 2021. While it reflects the severe impact that the pandemic has had on businesses up and down the country, there is a more positive outlook as restrictions begin to ease.

Over half of businesses expect turnover to return to pre-pandemic levels in the next 12 months, an increase of 15% compared to the previous quarter. Professional service companies and marketing/media firms are most likely to expect an increase in turnover, although all sectors have seen a rise in expected turnover compared to the previous quarter.

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The latest e-commerce trends from around the world

As 1.6 billion Muslims around the world prepare for Ramadan, have you considered the unique opportunities for your e-commerce business to tap into the burgeoning Muslim economy?

Looking ahead to the rest of 2021, while limitations to international travel are generally still in place, a thriving direct-to-consumer subscription market shows no signs of slowing. Meanwhile, a new report coming out of Germany recognises that their thriving small online business sector can be attributed to low intial startup costs. For e-commerce companies around the world, it’s a great time to do business with Germany, one of the world’s largest e-commerce economies.

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More UK investors are turning to businesses tackling climate change

85% of investors view global warming and the effects of climate change as the greatest threat to our planet, with an increasing number planning to invest in sustainable funds this year and next.

Investors have become more aware of greener businesses, with as many as 70% saying they would avoid investing in a business with a negative environmental impact. As a result, the sustainability market is expected to double in size in 2021.

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