For the last four months, Design Week has been covering the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic on UK designers. This has included numerous creative projects and outpourings of support, as well as the more difficult negative impacts on the industry.
Since March, chancellor Rishi Sunak has put in place a number of support packages in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the country’s economy, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
But while the amount on offer to UK businesses is unprecedented, there has been criticism that it doesn’t go far enough. Last month, we reported on an estimated one million people who were thought to have “fallen through the gaps” of the support – in the design industry, personal service company owners are some of the worst affected.
In our previous business impact survey, conducted during the initial stages of the pandemic back in April, we found that the majority of designers had lost more than three quarters of business. Additionally, responses indicated 40% of design businesses had already taken the decision to furlough staff members, and a further 10% were expecting to do so in the near future.
The consequences of cancelled and postponed contracts, enforced lockdown and sickness are likely to be felt for some time to come, even without a second spike in infections. Now as the country looks to reopen, Design Week wants to know how your design businesses have experienced the pandemic, how well you have felt supported throughout this uncertain period and what the future might look like.
Take our quick survey below and help us gauge how the industry is doing.