Any green shoots? Share your experiences so we can help you

Covid 19

The lockdown put a tremendous strain on our industry. Companies faced either a massive reduction in business or shut down completely. Thankfully as restrictions have eased, the industry is springing back to life.

Yes, the picture is uncertain but there are green shoots. We’ve done some analysis of the official figures and have discovered that:

  • The automotive industry is performing well compared to other sectors, having the highest percentage of businesses reporting an increase in turnover in the last two weeks.
  • Approximately 62,000 jobs have returned to work from furlough in the past two weeks, with an additional 19,700 planned in the next fortnight
  • 13,700 jobs have returned from working remotely to their usual working location in the past two weeks

We want to know more

These are the topline figures, but we want to know more about what’s going on at the frontline. If you could take five minutes to tell us more about your situation, how your organisation is responding to the current climate, we’d be really grateful. Here’s our Covid-19  Emerging from lockdown survey. Every piece of insight matters to us.

Businesses are having to adapt to the new normal, not only as customers come back through the doors but also as staff return from being furloughed.

Your answers to our survey will help us understand the challenges you face, which will enable us to support and guide you through the coming months. It also gives us the knowledge we need to inform the government of real-life experiences and concerns for businesses, training providers and learners. We can then lobby more strongly on your behalf.

We would be grateful if you could spare your time to complete our survey.

And as we move forward, if you have any questions that you need answering or want to discuss how the IMI can help you, please contact us on +44 (0)1992 519025, or send emails to
With my very best wishes,