Economic Outlook – What Should We Expect, How Will It Affect Us?

30 January 2019

08.00 – 10.00

Eversheds Sutherland

Breakfast Discussion Meeting - Our meeting will be interactive and discursive with views from members informing debate and adding practical evidence to the economic scenarios in which we might all be operating.

We enter 2019 after a year of global political uncertainty and economic turbulence with increasing tensions over world trade and the likely form and impact of Brexit.

UK base rate has risen for the first time in 10 years, and world stock markets are unpredictable. Productivity remains stubbornly low in the UK and the high street is struggling. So, what is really going on, what should we expect in 2019, how will it affect our business environment and in what sort of shape is the UK economy?

Liam Halligan will give us his views on what we might expect and why, looking at the way current issues are unfolding in areas including:

    The international economic background – the US, China, Europe and the UK.
    What are they doing and why; what will be the impact?
    How is the overall level of national, corporate and personal debt going to play out?
    Brexit will happen in March, what will it look like and what will be the immediate and mid/long-term effewcts?
    What are the prospects for UK GDP, balance of payments and overall living standards?
    What is there to be worried about?

With the quickly changing political, social and economic landscape, the
unpredictability of world leaders and rise in populist movements, forecasting
becomes, on the one hand, evermore di cult but, on the other, a continuing
imperative if we are going to be able to develop coherent business strategies and
make sensible operating decisions. Our meeting will be interactive and discursive
with views from members informing debate and adding practical evidence to the
economic scenarios in which we might all be operating.