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COVID-19 still weighing heavily on British business in China

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The British chambers of commerce in China have conducted a second survey on the impact of COVID-19 on our member companies. The initial survey measured sentiment as companies returned from the Lunar New Year holiday between 5th and 7th February. This survey, conducted between 18thand 21st February, provides an updated picture now that businesses have had time to better understand the impact of the outbreak on their operations.


The survey represents the views of 135 British businesses in China, from SMEs to globally-recognised FTSE 100 companies, operating across the country and across industries.


Here are the key survey findings: 


1. Half of British businesses expect their 2020 China revenue to drop by more than 10% as a direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and more than one quarter of British businesses expect a decrease of more than 20%. 


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2. Companies are most affected by reduced demand for their products and services (61%), global travel disruptions (58%), and business uncertainty (55%).


3. The predominant concerns for businesses for the next six months are continuedtravel restrictions (69%) and reduced consumer demand (63%). 

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4. SMEs are significantly more vulnerable to the economic effects of the outbreak than MNCs. 


5. Roughly half of surveyed British companies are contributing to efforts to curb the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Two weeks on from our initial survey on the impact of COVID-19, British businesses continue to feel the effects of this challenging situation, and they will need support in order to recover. The majority of businesses are seeing a direct hit on their revenue as a result, and this is especially acute among smaller companies, said Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, St. John Moore.

 

Nonetheless, we remain confident in Chinas ability to rebound from this crisis and in the long-term prospects of the market. We are proud to say that British businesses have contributed significant resources to help contain the outbreak, and we will continue to offer support in the battle against the virus.



Full report can be downloaded here

BritCham China Impact of COVID-19 (survey 2).pdf


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