The Big Conversation

Helping Britain Recover

Finding out what's needed


Through The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover we will get to the heart of what the UK’s people, businesses and communities need to emerge stronger and better than before.

What we're doing to help


We all know the coronavirus pandemic has affected every person, every business and every community in the UK.

Although the country is starting to get back on its feet, a difficult task lies ahead: creating a plan to rebuild the economy.

We want to help. That’s why we’ve launched The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover.

Through this project Lloyds Banking Group will bring together businesses, community members, policy makers and subject-matter experts across the UK’s nations and regions to explore how we can help the UK recover from the impact of coronavirus. Conversations will cover a range of topics, from accessing the finance and skills needed to return to prosperity, to the opportunities brought about by an increasingly digital economy.

As part of The Big Conversation we're running a series of virtual events, bringing together local and regional voices to explore the best road to recovery for their region. The first series, which concluded in early October, focused on small and medium-sized businesses – aiming to consider the challenges, opportunities and critical areas of support needed to help rebuild businesses and communities and inform recommendations for public policy. Findings will be shared across the UK’s nations and regions over the next few months, and you can see a summary here.

In the second series of events, a topical issue for each region will be discussed by a panel of experts. Summaries of these events will be published here in early December. 

Convening expert voices


Through The Big Conversation: Helping Britain Recover we will partner with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), bringing the voices and experience of its 190,000 members to the conversation.

We have supported the UK for over 325 years, through thick and thin. This is one of the ways we’re helping the country to recover now and prosper in the future.

*YouGov research, commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, was conducted amongst a nationally representative sample of 2,248 adults and 1,005 leaders of small and medium-sized businesses in Great Britain, aged 18+. Fieldwork took place between 13 and 20 July 2020.