All businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, most negatively, some positively.

As the focus shifts from dealing with the immediate health emergency to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, a key question is how is the impact differing across the globe and, more importantly, what can we expect to see here in the North-east in the months ahead?

Join us as we hear from Hann-Ju Ho, senior economist, Lloyds Bank, who will provide an overview of the global economic and financial market impact of the coronavirus; the policy responses from governments and central banks; and risks to the economic outlook. He will also provide insights on the UK economy, including the latest results of the Lloyds Business Barometer survey.

Providing local context is Dougie Peedle, economic associate for Pro Bono Economics and member of the Aberdeen Economic Policy Panel, who will reflect on the challenges facing our regional economy and key sectors.

With a call to action from Russell Borthwick, attendees will also hear about North East Now, a brand new initiative which will help people across the North-east to play their part in boosting the North-east economy in the weeks and months ahead. 

Translating thinking into action

Our flagship business breakfast series, brought to you in partnership with the University of Aberdeen Business School, provides a learning and networking forum to discuss the topics essential to successful economic growth in our region. 


09:00 Welcome - 5 minutes
09:05 Global economy, policy response, economic outlook - 15 minutes
09:20 Regional impact - 10 minutes
09:30 Local respones - 15 minutes
09:45 Q&A - 10 minutes
09:55 Vote of thanks & close - 5 minutes

Presented by Hann-Ju Ho | Lloyds Bank

Presented by Hann-Ju Ho | Lloyds Bank

Hann joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2006 as an economist. Hann has worked in various roles in the Economics and Market Insight Team, including sector and proprietary data analysis. His present focus is the monthly Lloyds Business Barometer survey and contributing to the team’s regular daily and weekly publications. Hann graduated from the University of York with a Master of Science in Economics and currently lives in London.

Presented by Russell Borthwick | Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Russell Borthwick | Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Russell was born and brought up in Aberdeen starting his career at Aberdeen Journals in the mid-80s. He returned to the region in 2016 after more than two decades in the (other) North East, working in publishing, marketing, economic development and placemaking as Regional Managing Director of Trinity Mirror (now Reach plc) and while running his own business, Press Ahead. As well as representing our community on the Boards of Opportunity North East, Visit Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen Inspired and being a member of the regional economic strategy delivery group, Russell heads up Scotland’s largest Chamber with a team of 38 representing around 1,150 member organisations collectively employing over 125,000 people. Helping business be stronger today while creating the economic conditions for future success.

Presented by Dougie Peedle | Pro Bono Economics

Presented by Dougie Peedle | Pro Bono Economics

As well as being a member of the Aberdeen Economic Policy Panel, Dougie is an economic associate for Pro Bono Economics and head of policy for Scottish Wildlife Trust. From 2004 to 2018 he was chief economic adviser to the Government of Jersey and prior to that worked for 10 years in London as deputy chief economist at EEF, international economist at Rio Tinto and senior economist at the CBI. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the Scottish Masters Programme in Economics.

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