COVID-19 Business Impact

We’ve analysed 30,000 ambitious businesses to understand the impact of Coronavirus on the high-growth economy, from particularly vulnerable areas to those likely to see a positive impact.

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the latest: On 5 January 2020, the Chancellor announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property, as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for other impacted businesses. The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021.
Last updated: 14 January 2021

severely and critically impacted
high-growth businesses

potentially positively impacted
high-growth businesses

jobs at risk


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COVID-19 Business Impact
Impact of COVID-19 on UK high-growth businesses

COVID-19 Business Impact: the consequences for the UK’s ambitious businesses

This free report determines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK’s high-growth ecosystem, six month on from initial lockdown measures.

equity investment at risk

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proportion of jobs that are immediately under threat


companies with potentially positive impact

What’s inside?


Companies that initially fell within the severe and critical categories employed around 615k people — so how many jobs are at risk six months later?


London has the highest proportion of positively impacted businesses, likely due to the large number of tech businesses in the capital — but which regions are most at risk?

Stage of growth

Although they have agility on their side, seed stage companies now have highest proportion of negatively impacted companies — we discuss why in our report.

About the authors

hannah skingle

Hannah leads on Beauhurst's data-driven publications and content creation, and is an expert on emerging trends in the UK's high-growth space. Hannah studied Liberal Arts with a major in English Literature at King's College London.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and law degree from King's College London.

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