Richard Holt

Richard Holt
Richard has worked as an economist in London, Birmingham and New York, for the Confederation of British Industry, in the City of London for Scrimgeour Kemp-Gee, for Experian and for Capital Economics. He was also Director of Consulting for West Midlands Enterprise, before leading its management buyout to form Consulting Inplace, and was for several years a non-executive director of creative industries specialists BOP Consulting, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow for the UK Commission on Employment and Skills. He is currently a non-executive director of a company, Without Walls, that supports outdoor arts festivals across England, and a trustee of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust. He is a frequent conference speaker, and has published books on America’s role in the world economy and on Britain’s Chancellors of the Exchequer. In 2020 he was the joint winner of the Society of Professional Economists’ prestigious Rybczynski Prize for the previous year’s best piece of writing on economics: How Robots Change the World: their impact on regional inequalities.
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Across APAC, many cities have similar stories to tell—of 2021 economic growth being frustrated by the reimposition of lockdowns, and of recovery...

High-frequency data on numbers of employees and median pay suggest that the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the ‘north-south divide’ wider. Our...

Rising coronavirus cases have resulted in London moving further from normality throughout June and into July. London’s normality score in mid-July...

The region with the strongest forecast GVA rise in 2021 is the East Midlands, with an 8.2% increase, closely followed by the West Midlands, North...

There has been a rise in Covid 19 cases , exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant. As a result, the Oxford Economics Normality Tracker...

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London’s business activity continued to improve in April, according to the IHS Markit Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), and business confidence...

Our Oxford Economics Normality Tracker shows that London’s return to “normality” may have slowed recently. But we nevertheless forecast that GVA...

Our Oxford Economics Normality Tracker improved in March, reflecting a fall in Covid cases, thanks to the January lockdown.This has occurred at a...

We forecast that seven out of Europe’s top 30 cities will see their GDP return to pre-pandemic levels in 2021. The rest will have to wait until...