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FWD Updates – Monday 5th April 2021

Global stocks generally rallied as surveys of manufacturing showed that activity in the sector was surging. Joe Biden’s plans for ambitious infrastructure spending also buoyed sentiment.

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The FTSE 100 closed the four-day week unchanged.

UK GDP growth was revised up to 1.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020 from an initial estimate of 1.0%.

The final reading of the UK’s IHS Markit/CIPS manufacturing purchasing managers’ index was revised higher to 58.9 in March 2021, from a preliminary estimate of 57.9. This was the highest reading since February 2011.

The UK household saving ratio rose to 16.1% in the final quarter of 2020, close to a record high. The data has increased hopes that the extra cash will help boost economic growth when businesses reopen.

Deliveroo’s high-profile IPO dropped by 25% on its first day of trading, dashing hopes that London will become a hub for fintech IPOs. Investors were put off by the company’s dual-class structure that made it easier for the company’s founder to control the business. In better news, DNA sequencing technology start-up Oxford Nanopore picked London for an initial public offering later this year. It is expected to be valued at between £4bn and £7bn. [READ MORE…]

What some of our clients have to say about us

“FWD has been instrumental in supporting Oak’s continued business expansion which has necessitated a global PR approach, ensuring we achieve the most relevant exposure for our needs. We’ve seen an uptick in media coverage and digital engagement, along with a steady upward trend in our PR KPIs. Not only does the FWD team add value to our internal operations, they work as a seamless extension to Oak’s in-house team, building strong relationships to ensure an unmatched service experience.
We’re pleased to be working with the forward-thinking team at FWD. Their sector-specific knowledge and commitment to delivering timely results has been refreshing.”

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“FWD Research have provided BIBA with a comprehensive and reliable research service over a number of years. We have successfully used their findings to understand market developments, our members and importantly, used research to promote brokers and support our lobbying campaigns”.

Chief Executive Officer, BIBA

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“FWD have a deep understanding of the UK General Insurance market and have consistently delivered actionable insights against challenging briefs. Their deep understanding and broad network within the UK broker marketplace makes them an invaluable research partner. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
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Strategy Manager, RSA.

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“We have retained many of the major global PR agencies in the past. However, FWD was the only PR firm which really understood us. They just got what we stood for and what we wanted to achieve.”

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Latest Press Release – Thursday 8th April 2021

UK staycations: have you got the right Covid travel cover?

Travel Insurance Explained

After Boris Johnson reiterated this week that international travel is still banned, there is some confusion on when, and if, UK travellers will get abroad this year.

It is clear, however, that the Government roadmap for England offers the possibility for a staycation from 12 April, even though the decision on foreign travel has been delayed until 17 May.

With campsites, caravan parks, rental cottages, and other ‘self-contained accommodation’ set to reopen, many of us will be searching for socially distanced staycations that will allow us to shake off that cabin fever.

However, anyone travelling abroad will be taking a risk. The FCDO has not lifted its advice that only essential travel should be taken at the moment by UK travellers, and while this advice stays in place, travel insurers will not cover your trip. The UK economy is still suffering so this could be a chance to boost the ailing UK tourist trade and help small businesses return to some kind of normality and save the summer.

Fiona Macrae, head of consumer awareness initiative, explains why travel insurance is still important even if you are holidaying in the UK and highlights that added financial protection is now available to cover Covid-19. [READ MORE…]

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