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Chamber NewsBCC appoints Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns

BCC appoints Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the leading UK business organisation, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns. Claire and Hannah arrive from leading education organisation Teach First, where they have been Co-Directors of Communications since 2015, with both having held that position individually. At BCC ...

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Chamber NewsBCC on Brexit White Paper: time to translate ambition into answers for business

BCC on Brexit White Paper: time to translate ambition into answers for business

Commenting on the release of the UK government’s long-awaited White Paper on the future UK-EU relationship, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “At last, businesses have a more comprehensive understanding of the Government's aspirations for the UK's future relationship with the European Union. “This vision should not have taken two years and ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on new monthly GDP statistics and trade figures

BCC comments on new monthly GDP statistics and trade figures

Commenting on the new monthly GDP statistics and key short-term indicators for May 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said “The latest GDP data confirms that there was a modest rally in economic activity over recent months but coming after the marked slowdown in the first quarter there is further confirmation that UK grow...

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Chamber NewsBCC responds to National Infrastructure Assessment

BCC responds to National Infrastructure Assessment

Commenting on the launch of the National Infrastructure Assessment today (Tuesday), Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Business will welcome this long-term plan for infrastructure investment, and particularly the focus on digital and transport connectivity, but business communities have seen plans come and go before, so it’s action t...

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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey: recruitment difficulties and tougher trading conditions face firms amid sluggish UK growth

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: recruitment difficulties and tougher trading conditions face firms amid sluggish UK growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Monday) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey, and a lead indicator for UK GDP growth. Based on the responses of over 6,000 businesses, the survey suggests that UK economic conditions remain sluggish, despite a modest improvement in activity in the second quarter of 2018. I...

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Chamber NewsBCC response to Chequers summit conclusions

BCC response to Chequers summit conclusions

Responding to the statement issued at the conclusion of the Chequers summit, where the Cabinet has agreed its negotiating position for the UK's future relationship with the EU, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "For Brexit-weary businesses seeking clarity, this agreement brings hope of an end to months of disappointing Westminster in-fighting.  "We we...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Education Business Partnership completes team

Somerset Education Business Partnership completes team

In June 2018, Rachel Burrell commenced as Education Business Partnership Coordinator. The Somerset Education Business Partnership is a new project aiming to increase collaboration between Somerset educational providers and employers. The partnership will provide a directory of local and national Work Related Learning (WRL) opportunities, guides for employers wishing to work with young people and d...

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Chamber NewsDevon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot

Devon and Somerset businesses to benefit from £2.5m skills training pot

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset are urged to take advantage of a £2.5m skills training pot for their workforce, as a result of a contract extension. The training is available as part of a programme named Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service which Serco’s Employment, Skills & Enterprise business manages across Devon and Somerset - working in partner...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Credit ‘apathy’ restricting potential growth opportunities for SMEs

BCC: Credit ‘apathy’ restricting potential growth opportunities for SMEs

Over half of UK businesses did not attempt to access finance in the last year One-in-two businesses that did seek finance did so because of cash flow Investment intentions are focused on incremental investmentsOver half of UK businesses have not attempted to apply for finance over the past year amid limited investment intentions and weakening cash flow, according to new research releas...

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Chamber NewsBCC: new momentum needed from both sides for Brexit breakthrough

BCC: new momentum needed from both sides for Brexit breakthrough

Commenting ahead of the European Council meeting, where Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address other EU leaders tonight (Thursday), Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While businesses won’t get the clarity and certainty they had sought from this European Council meeting, a new sense of momentum and drive is needed from both sides so that...

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Chamber NewsNew deal with industry to secure UK civil nuclear future and drive down cost of energy for customers

New deal with industry to secure UK civil nuclear future and drive down cost of energy for customers

New £200 million Nuclear Sector Deal to secure the UK’s diverse energy mix and drive down the costs of nuclear energy meaning cheaper energy bills for customers Includes £32 million boost from government and industry to kick-start new advanced manufacturing programme including R&D investment to develop potential world-leading nuclear technologies like advanced modular reactors A c...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Firms in the dark on customs declarations

BCC: Firms in the dark on customs declarations

Commenting on the publication of the NAO report on the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Delivering CDS in time for March 2019 was always going to be an ambitious project, and it is perhaps unsurprising, although concerning, that it has been necessary for delivery timeframes to be moved. “While it i...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Heathrow decision demonstrates UK still open for business

BCC: Heathrow decision demonstrates UK still open for business

Commenting on the vote to approve expansion at Heathrow Airport, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Finally! Business has been waiting years for decisive, cross-party action in the national interest - and decades for the expansion of our main gateway to the world. “Now that Heathrow expansion finally has a green light from Parliament, it ...

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Chamber NewsBCC: delay roll-out of Making Tax Digital

BCC: delay roll-out of Making Tax Digital

24% of firms have never heard of Making Tax Digital, which comes into effect next April for VAT Only 10% of firms know ‘a lot of details’ about the switch to the digitised tax systemTen months ahead of its planned introduction, an alarmingly high proportion of UK businesses have little or no awareness of HM Revenue and Customs’ flagship Making Tax Digital project, according to new r...

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Chamber NewsA proposed new direct rail link from the West to Heathrow - Have your say

A proposed new direct rail link from the West to Heathrow - Have your say

A public consultation has started with plans to build a new 6.5km rail link between the Great Western Main Line and London Heathrow Airport. According to Network Rail, the proposed rail connection would speed up journeys to Britain’s busiest international airport, by allowing passengers to travel to the airport from the South Coast, South West, South Wales and West Midlands without going into...

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