Not quite bustling Birmingham but getting there…
Following a subdued Q2 in which the UK saw a peak in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths, businesses went from working in the office to working from home on mass overnight. The start of Q3 was typically quiet, with many people taking the opportunity to embrace the Great British outdoors in the form of a summer ‘staycation’. However, the latter part of the quarter has seen a noticeable uptick in activity, with businesses now focusing on their route through the recovery phase of this crisis.
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Signs of Life
- Tom Tom traffic data indicated increased levels of road usage in Birmingham, with traffic levels on Monday 14th September seeing just a 26% reduction (compared to a year earlier) against a 63% reduction on Monday 8th June 2020 (compared to a year earlier).
- Initial stats from the Eat Out to Help Out scheme also suggested increased activity levels. The parliamentary constituency of Ladywood, which covers most of the city centre, recorded 402,000 claimed meals over the month of August. Many restaurants hailed the success of the scheme and continued it on themselves into September without the Government’s support.
- Footfall data recorded by Wireless Social shows increased footfall in Birmingham city centre since the easing of lockdown restrictions. Footfall on 6th June was recorded at 88% below the average seen in February 2020, compared to just a fall of 43% on the 6th September.