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Despite The Economic Storm Clouds, Will the UK Have a Good 2024?

A need for determination and strategic investment ...


Posted by Roger Eddowes on 15/01/2024 @ 8:00AM

Many of us are wondering what the future holds for Britain's economy in the coming year. While there are certainly reasons for concern, there are also some promising signs that suggest a potentially positive outlook for the UK in 2024 ...

There is potential for Britain's economy to have a good year in 2024!

There is potential for Britain's economy to have a good year in 2024!

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One of the major factors contributing to this potential positivity is the gradual easing of the inflation crisis. In 2022-23, the UK saw a surge in inflation, causing significant financial strain for many households. However, as we enter 2024, inflation is finally starting to fall, which means that consumers will have more purchasing power and can potentially boost retail spending.

"This, in turn, can have a positive impact on the overall economy!"

In addition to falling inflation, the UK also managed to avoid the severe recession that many experts predicted amid the pandemic. While there was a slight decline in GDP in the third quarter of 2023, the economy showed no growth in the second quarter, which could potentially signal a mild recession. However, the final data for the last quarter of 2023 is yet to be released, so it remains to be seen if the UK officially entered a recession or not.

Another positive development for the UK economy is the easing of household cost pressures. With inflation falling, real wage growth is on the rise, which means that households can regain some of their purchasing power. This can lead to an increase in consumer spending, which is a key driver of economic growth.

Additionally, many households have been able to rebuild their savings buffers, which were depleted during the pandemic. This financial stability can also contribute to a more positive economic outlook for the UK in 2024.

Furthermore, cheaper mortgage rates are expected to spur deals and benefit the estimated 1.5 million households who will need to remortgage this year as their current fixed-rate deals come to an end. This can provide much-needed financial relief for many families and potentially boost the housing market, which is a major contributor to the economy.

"Despite these positive developments, it is important to acknowledge the challenges that still lie ahead for the UK's economy!"

The lagged effect of high rates on the economy and employment, the impact of the nation's high tax burden, and low levels of private and public sector investment are all factors that can hinder economic growth. In fact, most economists are predicting fairly tepid growth for the UK in 2024, ranging from 0 to 0.7 per cent.

To truly see a significant improvement in the UK economy, experts are calling for major policy changes and a new overarching growth strategy. This includes supporting high-value-added manufacturing firms, signing new service trade agreements, and investing in education to drive people-powered growth.

In order to drive real change and foster sustainable economic growth, there are also calls for a radical reform of the planning system. This can help to unlock potential for growth in the UK's second cities and encourage investment in areas outside of London and the South East!

Overall, while there are certainly challenges and hurdles to overcome, there is also potential for Britain's economy to have a good year in 2024. With falling inflation, increased consumer spending, and potential policy changes, the UK may be able to maintain its position as the world's sixth-largest economy and even grow more quickly than France.

However, it will require determination and strategic investments from the government to truly see a significant improvement in the UK's economic outlook in 2024.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.