‘I’m hopeful but cautious’: business owners on UK recovery

Gloom and optimism greet news of economic upturn after decline due to coronavirus

Britain’s economy fell into the deepest recession since records began when GDP shrank by 20.4% in the three months to June. It was the second successive quarter of contraction, following a decline of 2.2% in the first quarter of the year.

However, monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics on Friday gave further evidence of an upturn, with growth of 6.6% in July as lockdown restrictions were eased. Here we ask some business how they are finding the recovery.

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