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The impact of Covid-19 on the Renfrewshire economy

Renfrewshire is a large non-city economy in Scotland, home to Glasgow International Airport and the University of the West of Scotland. It performs well in terms of GVA and population compared to other non-city local authorities.

It has a strong manufacturing sector and a large concentration of industries like transport and storage, and human health and social work. However, like the rest of Scotland, it faces challenges. Both in the short and long term.

The Coronavirus outbreak represents the greatest public health crisis in a generation. Whilst the immediate health risk for the families impacted is the most important concern, the pandemic will have a significant and potentially long-lasting economic impact.

The ongoing pandemic has had an immediate impact on the economy however, there will likely be long-term implications, both in terms of the economic downturn to follow and the structural effect on the economy, which will shape the outlook for Renfrewshire.


Adam is an economist at the FAI who works closely with FAI partners and specialises in business analysis. Adam's research typically involves an assessment of business strategies and policies on economic, societal and environmental impacts.

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Frank graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a First-class BA (Hons) degree in Economics. He is currently studying on the Scottish Graduate Programme MSc in Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

He has experience from a variety of economic policy institutions including the European Commission in Brussels, the Slovak Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance.

Mairi is the Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government and has over a decade of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis.

Ben is part of the Knowledge Exchange team within the Institute and has experience working on a wide variety of projects for public and private sector organisations. He has a degree in Economics and is currently studying for an MSc on the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.