The business sectors which look set to grow post-pandemic

With companies still getting to grips with Brexit and the pandemic having a huge impact on businesses globally, it is easy to understand why most UK businesses have struggled in recent times. However, over the past few years, some businesses have proven themselves as a more secure investment than others, despite the world’s events of recent years. So, if you’re looking to invest in a business, here are the five sectors that are set to – or already are – strong post-pandemic:

Engineering sector

As the country emerges from the pandemic, the engineering sector can certainly hold its head high. During the pandemic, engineers played pivotal roles in keeping industries up and running behind the scenes. Now they play a vital role in creating a more resilient future through building and maintaining national infrastructures (e.g HS2, wind farms) and innovating, designing and creating new products that will profoundly improve quality of life.

Businesses in the engineering sector have played a critical role in allowing the engineering sector as a whole to thrive during the pandemic. For example, businesses like Snap-on Tools manufactured and distributed quality tools to the automotive, marine, railroad and engineering technicians ensuring businesses continued to operate.

The value of the physical assets within engineering also make it an attractive investment for many.

E-commerce sector

It should come as no surprise that the e-commerce sector features on this list. E-commerce not only enabled businesses to survive the rampage of the pandemic but has also unlocked vast opportunities and possibilities for entrepreneurs post-pandemic. The sector has proven that it will not only survive in the coming years but will continue to thrive in the post-pandemic world as customers are now comfortable with shopping and transacting online.

Only 17.8% of sales were made from online purchases two years ago. However, the pandemic has disrupted the status quo. According to Shopify, the global e-commerce market is expected to total £5.55 trillion in 2022. That figure is estimated to grow over the next few years, showing that borderless e-commerce is becoming a profitable option for online retailers. Normality may have resumed, but 38% of consumers expressed their desire to continue online shopping and visit physical stores simultaneously. Whether you are looking to buy a web design business or a genuine e-commerce company, these investments promise to be sound opportunities. 

IT sector

An infrastructure that supported life in lockdown, technology has proven indispensable over the past two years. Working from home increased reliance on videoconferencing and virtual project management and communication, which has created an opportunity for technology business to take advantage of.

In a progressively digital world, embracing a new technological era starts with support and training both to create new digital technologies, but also to support the new users who will inevitably migrate to the.

HR and recruitment sector

With the pandemic forcing us to reassess our priorities, personally and professionally, the Great Resignation has seen employees switch careers en masse due to burnout and greater job opportunities. HR and recruitment businesses are now busier than ever before. Employees adjusted to new ways of working, increased flexibilities and had time to reflect on what they want from an employer. For businesses, retaining their top talent and ensuring their staff are happy became vital. Outsourcing to HR businesses has been fundamental in ensuring employees’ needs are met and reducing the risk of losing people. 

Employers looking to snap up the new talent on the block have also invested heavily in recruitment teams. Hiring staff is considered one of the most challenging aspects of running a business, and companies regularly waste thousands of pounds and months of time just to interview people who are nowhere near fit for either the role or the company culture. Outsourcing to a recruiter can alleviate these problems, resulting in a more robust recruitment process that saves both time and resources.  

The HR and recruitment industry has massively benefitted from the accelerated digital transformation, with a record number of job vacancies and significant changes in candidate expectations, all of which will ultimately shape businesses’ strategies as they look to plan for the next 12 months and beyond. 

Cleaning sector

With regular cleaning playing a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19, every business had hygiene as their number one priority during the pandemic. Social distancing rules and regulations meant that cleaning companies were increasingly called upon to remove the grime and harmful bacteria in sectors like retail, education, and healthcare, to name just a few. Commercial cleaning services like The Kleaning Company, JAN-PRO and Poppies played a crucial role in ensuring these key services were delivered. 

Post-pandemic, it has remained essential for businesses to make sure employees are safe on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the professional corporate buyer has needed to invest in cleaning contracts for the long term. Commercial cleaning businesses are one of the big winners post-pandemic. 

What to buy

Without doubt you should be investing in a business which excites you, which motivates you and gets you out of bed in the morning. No matter how secure the Engineering sector is, if you can’t relate to it, there is an argument that you shouldn’t be investing in it. The rest is down to your risk profile. If you like to take risks, you might want to turn around a company which is struggling. If you’re risk averse, you need to start with secure, stable businesses.

So whilst these sectors how good signs of stability and are ripe for investment, there are still many other nuances which come into play before buying a business. So get in touch with your local Business Partnership office and talk it through.