City concept

It’s arguable that Covid-19 has been one of the most impactful peacetime events in our history. It has transformed our business landscape in ways that no one could have imagined. Whole countries came to a complete standstill for months on end, leaving cities – our most vibrant economic and social hubs – as empty husks.
Even now, with restrictions lifted in many places, the pre-pandemic dynamism remains palpably absent. The economic and social impact has been devastating. Jobs need to be salvaged and new areas of growth discovered. Pandemic spending has risen to nearly £190bn in the UK alone. Globally, the figure has ballooned beyond comprehension.
With new ways of working and living and the continued need to adhere to social distancing guidelines, it’s impossible to return to a state of ‘business as normal’. Investment needs to be made in areas that will reinvigorate the economy while making allowances for new ways of life. But we can do this in ways that will create a positive environmental impact.