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Chamber NewsBCC comments on labour and productivity figures

BCC comments on labour and productivity figures

Commenting on the labour market figures for February 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The fall in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite an increasingly challenging economic backdrop. “With earnings growt...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

Somerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, was in Taunton this afternoon (Friday) where he met with a group of regional business leaders including Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber CEO took the opportunity to question the Transport Secretary on behalf of the region’s businesses, highlighting the need for real investment in the South We...

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Chamber NewsBCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

BCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, as international traders struggle with the value of the pound and pressure from the cost of raw materials and other overheads, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL. The rep...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without answers in event of unwanted ‘no deal’

BCC: Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without answers in event of unwanted ‘no deal’

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today published a list of twenty critical questions that remain unanswered for business in the unwelcome event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on March 29. With less than 50 days to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the publication highlights the many key issues that are still unclear for businesses in a ‘no deal’ scenario on Marc...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on GDP and trade figures

BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The latest data indicates that the UK economy suffered a significant loss of momentum in the final quarter of 2018, with Brexit uncertainty, a slowing global economy and the persistent financial squeeze on consumers and businesses inc...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Businesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Risk mitigation, logistical challenges and EU immigration were key topics of conversation at a Brexit panel discussion event held on Wednesday 6 February for the region’s businesses. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the half-day event gave businesses an opportunity to learn from the preparations that other firms have made to mitigate the ri...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal, Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses across the UK will be deeply concerned by reports that ministers are considering setting UK import tariffs to zero in the case of no-deal.  ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on no deal customs announcement

BCC comments on no deal customs announcement

Commenting on the announcement by HMRC on Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs in the case of no deal, Ronan Quigley, Executive Director responsible for Trade at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The priority of business communities across the UK is to avoid a messy and disorderly Brexit on March 29th. In the unwelcome scenario of no deal, we have been fighting long and...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking

BCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking

Commenting on the latest votes in Parliament on Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Another day lost while the clock is ticking. Government and parliament are still going round in circles when businesses and the public urgently need answers. “The real-world result of Westminster’s interminable wrangling is market uncertainty, stockpi...

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Chamber NewsPolitical and Business Leaders urge businesses, colleges and schools to enter awards

Political and Business Leaders urge businesses, colleges and schools to enter awards

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member at Somerset County Council and Jonathan Langdon, Chairman of Milsted Langdon are urging businesses and schools to celebrate their joint work.                                                                                                              ...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Flexible labour market limiting impact of sluggish economy

BCC: Flexible labour market limiting impact of sluggish economy

Commenting on the labour market figures for January 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The marked increase in employment is further evidence that the jobs market remains a major positive for the UK economy. Although some firms report that Brexit uncertainty and recruitment difficulties are weighing on hiring inte...

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Chamber NewsBrexit panel discussion to provide valuable insight for businesses

Brexit panel discussion to provide valuable insight for businesses

With continuing uncertainty following the overwhelming rejection by MPs of the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement, Somerset Chamber of Commerce is organising a half-day Brexit panel discussion to give firms an opportunity to gain expert insight and advice to help them prepare for business post-Brexit. A panel of distinguished business leaders will discuss topics including trade, log...

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Chamber NewsBCC responds to result of meaningful vote

BCC responds to result of meaningful vote

Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster ride that shows no sign of...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on GDP and trade figures

BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for November 2018, published by the ONS today, Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Despite a small improvement in GDP growth between October and November, the underlying three-month measure showed an economy that was slowing after what had been a stronger performance in the previous quart...

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Chamber NewsCelebrating careers inspiration in Somerset

Celebrating careers inspiration in Somerset

Have you, or someone you know, inspired a young person about their future or helped them to prepare for employment? Then here is the opportunity to showcase your good practice. Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019 will celebrate the best in careers inspiration and work-related learning in Somerset. With 10 award categories, entries are welcome from individuals and teams within edu...

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