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How Northern Ireland businesses handled nightmare year with double whammy of Covid and Brexit

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Standstill: Shipping containers at Belfast port

Standstill: Shipping containers at Belfast port

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Standstill: Shipping containers at Belfast port

Business has faced its most difficult year, with tough decisions and nimble action required to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The virus, and lockdowns to manage it, have shrunk our economy by 11%, and recovery will be gradual at best.

By the end of February, Hamilton Shipping in Belfast was reporting a slowdown in its deliveries of Chinese-made goods like curtains and sofas as a result of shutdowns in China, where the virus originated.


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