• The South West pulls out of the first Lockdown the best whilst the West Midlands hit the hardest May, 2021

    Official ONS figures which reflect the economy opening up after the first lockdown show each regions performance relative to other parts of the UK. These stats compare GDP in the quarter ended September 2020 with the same quarter a year earlier. Northern Ireland topped the table with growth of -2.9% whilst UK growth over the same period was -7.5%. The West Midlands was bottom, posting growth of -11.3%. In the same report, the ONS’s figures for the standalone quarter to September 2020 showed the South West was top with quarterly growth of 19.9% whilst London was bottom, posting growth of 13.3%; UK...