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Chamber NewsFirms begin to reopen but one in ten cannot implement Government safety guidance

Firms begin to reopen but one in ten cannot implement Government safety guidance

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that the majority of firms surveyed are in a position to partially restart operations as lockdown restrictions are eased.83 per cent of respondents report that they know some or a lot of details about government guidance on working safely 37 per cent of firms report they can imple...

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Chamber NewsNew UK Global Tariff unveiled by Government

New UK Global Tariff unveiled by Government

The Government has announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT), which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on January 1, 2021 at the end of the Brexit transition period. The new regime cuts import duties on many products while protecting industries such as automotive and agriculture, as part of a shift towards global trade beyond Europe. Items like dishwash...

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Chamber NewsInvitation to British Malaysian Chamber trade webinars

Invitation to British Malaysian Chamber trade webinars

Somerset Chamber of Commerce members are being invited to take part in a trio of international trade webinars, which are being organised by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).  BMCC has three webinars coming up this month which are relevant to companies in the UK who have interest to explore the Malaysian market.  All the webinars are complimentary for all UK Chamber members.  ...

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Chamber NewsFirms ready to embrace 'new normal' but Government support must adapt

Firms ready to embrace 'new normal' but Government support must adapt

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal that firms are ready for a gradual reopening of the economy but will need continued, adaptable Government support during a phased return to work.  Over 70 per cent of respondents had furloughed a portion of their staffNearly three quarters of those firms had submitted a claim to the fu...

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Chamber NewsChamber CEO welcomes furlough extension in BBC interview

Chamber CEO welcomes furlough extension in BBC interview

Somerset Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Henagulph has welcomed the Government's extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in an interview with BBC Somerset. If you missed it, click the link below to listen to the full interview:

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Chamber NewsBank of England latest report shows negative impact of Covid-19 on economy

Bank of England latest report shows negative impact of Covid-19 on economy

The Bank of England has published its latest Monetary Policy Report and an interim Financial Stability Report. Together, they provide a scenario for the path of the UK economy in the light of Covid-19 and assess the financial system’s resilience to that scenario. The data shows that the current pandemic is drastically reducing jobs and incomes in the UK,  but that keeping interest rates low i...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes Government lifeline to help maintain supply chains

BCC welcomes Government lifeline to help maintain supply chains

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has welcomed the Government’s announcement to temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions which are currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance. This will ensure the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained and will support supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence as they can trust that they will be protected if a c...

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Chamber News'Unprecedented' impact of pandemic on UK economy revealed in ONS report

'Unprecedented' impact of pandemic on UK economy revealed in ONS report

The UK economy shrank at the fastest pace since the financial crisis in the first quarter of 2020 as coronavirus forced the country into lockdown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy contracted by 2% in the three months to March, following zero growth in the final quarter of 2019. The decline was driven by a record fall in March, and reflects just one full week of lockdown....

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes extension of furlough scheme until October

BCC welcomes extension of furlough scheme until October

The Government has confirmed the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended to October, with no changes before the end of July. The Chancellor said the scheme would be made more flexible, apply to all regions and sectors and enable staff to return to work part-time. More details would be made available before the end of the month. Commenting on the announcement, British Chambers of Commer...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes Covid-19 recovery strategy but says more clarity needed for firms

BCC welcomes Covid-19 recovery strategy but says more clarity needed for firms

Commenting on the publication of the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan and associated workplace guidance, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said: "This is a significant step forward in terms of the information available for businesses, who will now need to digest the detail. "The guidance signals big changes for the way that many businesses operate, and some firms will now need time to pl...

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Chamber NewsBCC says clear guidance needed for businesses to be able to re-open in coming weeks

BCC says clear guidance needed for businesses to be able to re-open in coming weeks

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday evening (May 10) in which he set out a conditional plan for the next phase of the response to Covid-19, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said: “Businesses share the Prime Minister's ambition to see more people return safely to work over the coming weeks. “Companies will do everything they can to protect employees and customers, maintain...

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Chamber NewsBCC says delivery of CBILS remains disappointingly slow

BCC says delivery of CBILS remains disappointingly slow

Commenting on the latest UK Finance figures (7 May) on the number of firms successfully accessing the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the British Chambers of Commerce's (BCC) Head of Economics Suren Thiru said: “Although the steady improvement in the number of firms accessing CBILS is welcome, with many firms only having a few months' cash in reserve the pace of delivery ...

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Chamber NewsBCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: most firms can be ready for ‘restart’ within three weeks

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: most firms can be ready for ‘restart’ within three weeks

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal the vast majority of firms surveyed say they will require three weeks or less to prepare to restart operations alongside any loosening of the UK lockdown.  Smaller businesses may be able to restart operations more quickly. Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of respondents employing fewer than 10 pe...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes start of UK-US free trade talks

BCC welcomes start of UK-US free trade talks

Commenting on the news that the UK and US are to open formal negotiations on a future free trade agreement, BCC Director General Adam Marshall, said: “While most UK businesses will be focusing on the immediate challenge posed by Coronavirus, strong trading arrangements with both the European Union and USA will support recovery and future growth. “The Government has set a high ambition for UK-...

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Chamber NewsBCC says vital discretionary small business funds are paid swiftly

BCC says vital discretionary small business funds are paid swiftly

Commenting on the Government’s announcement on Saturday of a discretionary fund for small businesses that have previously been outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said:  “We have been calling for additional support for businesses and entrepreneurs who have fallen between the cracks, so it is welcome to see additional funding allocated t...

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