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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation statistics

BCC comments on inflation statistics

Commenting on the inflation statistics for July 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation was unchanged in July, as falling fuel prices continue to put a check on price growth. “Inflation is likely to resume its upward trend in the short term, as the sizable increases in the cost of imported raw materials over ...

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Chamber NewsDale Edwards discusses UK productivity

Dale Edwards discusses UK productivity

Dale Edwards, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. According to official figures, the UK’s productivity lags 18% behind the average of its G7 competitors and a staggering 35% behind Germany. When you also factor into the equation that Somerset lags the UK average by 17%, it is clear to see that we must address this productivity black hole. Improving productivity through people is a...

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Chamber NewsTime is running out to enter the Somerset Business Awards 2017

Time is running out to enter the Somerset Business Awards 2017

Now in its 13th year, the Somerset Business Awards attract a wide variety of entrants from all sectors within the Somerset business community. This year’s Awards ceremony will be held on Friday 20 October 2017 at Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton – where over 400 guests will come together to celebrate the outstanding business in Somerset. The Awards officially opened for entries on 1 June...

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Chamber NewsBCC responds to announcement of Data Protection Bill

BCC responds to announcement of Data Protection Bill

Commenting on the proposed Data Protection Bill, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses up and down the country are already preparing for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year. Bringing these measures into domestic law now will give businesses more certainty about the UK’s data protection regim...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Armed Forces Covenant July Update

Somerset Armed Forces Covenant July Update

This update aims to keep Partner organisations up to date with our work to implement the Armed Forces Covenant in Somerset.  We hope it will also help to better connect Partner organisations across the Partnership and improve our communication. Page 1 summarises the learning from our June conference at RNAS Yeovilton and outlines the way ahead for the Partnership.    Page 2 takes forwa...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Inflation remains a risk to UK’s growth prospects this year

BCC: Inflation remains a risk to UK’s growth prospects this year

Commenting on the inflation statistics for June 2017, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:“While the fall in inflation in June will surprise many, consumer price growth is likely to resume its upward trend in the coming months, with the elevated cost of imported raw materials still filtering thr...

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Chamber NewsBCC comment following PM’s Business Council meeting

BCC comment following PM’s Business Council meeting

Following his attendance at the Prime Minister’s business council meeting, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The increased tempo of engagement with business in recent weeks is welcome, as is the Prime Minister's commitment to sustain that engagement over the crucial months ahead.   “High-level discussions with the Prime Minister and her Cabinet mu...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on HS2 announcements

BCC comments on HS2 announcements

  Commenting on the announcements on HS2 made by the Department for Transport, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The HS2 project is intended to boost the infrastructure capacity of the UK as a whole so business communities will welcome this clarity on the routes, but will want to see action begin on all phases as soon as possible. ...

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Chamber NewsWhy enter the Somerset Business Awards?

Why enter the Somerset Business Awards?

Find out via live stream! For all those you missed the Somerset Business Awards launch event, some of the Awards sponsors are hosting a live stream to highlight some key information about the Awards process. On Friday 7 July at 11:30am, the people with the most inside knowledge will be sharing their experiences, do's and don'ts of the Awards, live via Periscope and Facebook Live. Loren Gray fro...

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Chamber NewsChamber comments on free movement of talent across Europe

Chamber comments on free movement of talent across Europe

Dale Edwards, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber comments on the recent announcement by the Prime Minister on the free movement of talent across Europe.  "The announcement by the Prime Minister allowing EU nationals who have lived in the UK for 5 Years with rights to stay, access to health, education and other benefits is welcome. My question to the government is, why could it not have been s...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Conservative-DUP deal

BCC comments on Conservative-DUP deal

Commenting on the confidence and supply deal announced today by the Conservatives and DUP, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "Since the General Election, the top priority for business communities across the UK has been a workable government that can do more than just tackle Brexit negotiations. Action is needed, now, to improve the environment fo...

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Chamber NewsBCC: guarantee for EU citizens welcome, but long overdue

BCC: guarantee for EU citizens welcome, but long overdue

Responding to the Prime Minister's offer of guarantees for EU citizens living and working in the UK, made at last night's European Council meeting, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Concerned business communities across the UK will welcome the Prime Minister's proposal to guarantee the rights of EU citizens, but with a tinge of regret and frustration. ...

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Chamber NewsBCC reacts to Queen's Speech

BCC reacts to Queen's Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “While Brexit isn’t the top immediate priority for many businesses, firms of every size and shape want to avoid turbulence and confusion during the Brexit transition. The government’s proposed bills on trade, customs and immigration must minimise adjustment costs and maximi...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on the start of Brexit negotiation

BCC comments on the start of Brexit negotiation

On the day negotiations begin on the UK's departure from the European Union, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “As Brexit talks commence, UK firms want practical economic issues to be at the heart of the negotiations. Business wants an atmosphere of pragmatism, civility and mutual respect to characterise this complex process. "Over the coming w...

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Chamber NewsRedefining the UK's relationship with the EU: Principles for economic success and prosperity

Redefining the UK's relationship with the EU: Principles for economic success and prosperity

A STATEMENT FROM THE UK’S LEADING BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS We, the undersigned, represent hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people. The business community fully accepts the decision of voters last June that the UK will leave the European Union.  We have come together to urge the Government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal ...

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