Briefings and reports

We publish several regular briefings throughout the year, as well as more specialised reports, some of which are commissioned by clients who allow us to share these publications with you.

All our recently published briefings and reports are available on this page. If you can't find the report you're looking for, please contact the team at

Quarterly Economic Survey

Our report on the Quarterly Economic Survey for Q4 2016 was published in December 2016 and shows that the city's economy is performing better than we expected earlier in the year. Manufacturing remains weak, but other sectors are much more positive and employment trends show continued growth in 2017. Exchange rates are an increasing concern for many employers, particularly those who import raw materials. Read the full report.

Monthly Economic Update

Our regular monthly briefing on the Greater Manchester and UK economy brings together several key indicators around GDP, employment and unemployment, inflation, trade and migration and summarises the headline trends. Read the full briefing.

Living Wage: Stating the Case

This report looks in detail at the evidence base, both from the UK and internationally, for paying employees a living wage. The research shows that there are tangible benefits to businesses by paying their lowest-paid employees more; the costs of which are recouped through better retention and higher productivity. Read the full report.

North West Construction Pipeline Analysis 2015

The latest update of our groundbreaking methodology that highlights four-year expectations for the construction sector in the North West, including a detailed analysis of the skills required to deliver the pipeline of work and where shortages of skills may cause problems in delivery. This report will be refreshed in July 2017 and published at the Chamber's Construction Summit.

Heathrow Airport Expansion Skills Analysis

Utilising the same core methodology as our own Construction Pipeline Analysis, this report, commissioned by Heathrow Airport, identifies the skills gaps in London and the South East that will need to be overcome to support the delivery of any expansion at London Heathrow. It also makes recommendations on how the airport can ensure a long-term legacy to the local population by embedding innovative methods into its procurement strategy that will help to reduce youth unemployment and create a stronger economy. Read the full report.

LCCI/KPMG Construction Skills Index

Commissioned by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and supported by KPMG, this report highlighted for the first time the scale of construction opportunities in London and the South East and the skills deficits in the industry. Read the full report.

EU Referendum

We have a dedicated site for information on the key issues around the impact and opportunities of Brexit for businesses. Visit

Retail in Manchester City Centre

This brief report looks into the retail sector in Manchester and the work of the Business Improvement District, highlighting the innovative ways in which close partnership working can help to deliver a thriving leisure economy. Read the report.