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Chamber NewsBCC reaction to Conservative Party Manifesto

BCC reaction to Conservative Party Manifesto

Commenting on the Conservative Party Manifesto, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A number of the headline commitments in the Conservative Party’s manifesto will be welcomed by business communities around the UK. If delivered, pledges to overhaul the broken business rates system, to deliver better digital and mobile connectivity, and to focus...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Labour manifesto

BCC comments on Labour manifesto

Commenting on the Labour Party Manifesto, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “High personal taxation, sweeping nationalisation and deep intervention in business decision-making are not the hallmarks of an ambitious and enterprising society. Taken together, some of the headline propositions in the Labour Party manifesto will give business communit...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Inflation continues to bite as price pressures mount

BCC: Inflation continues to bite as price pressures mount

Commenting on the inflation statistics for April 2017, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “As expected, inflation resumed its upward trend in April, after holding steady in March. April’s increase was largely due to higher air fares, which were pushed up by the timing of Easter falling during th...

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Chamber NewsChamber Manifesto spotlight: International Trade

Chamber Manifesto spotlight: International Trade

Please see below a blog post from BCC’s Senior Trade Policy Manager, Anastassia Beliakova.The nuts and bolts of a model for Brexit The Norway model. The Swiss model. The Turkish model. A CETA (the EU-Canada trade deal) inspired Free Trade Agreement. What kind of deal can the UK strike with the EU? And can businesses prepare for one of these options – or even for the possibility of leaving...

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Chamber NewsUK National Cyber Security Centre issues new statement on cyber attack

UK National Cyber Security Centre issues new statement on cyber attack

MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE (NCSC): Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind.  But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Bank of England’s ‘Super Thursday’

BCC comments on Bank of England’s ‘Super Thursday’

Commenting on the Bank of England inflation report and interest rate decision published on ‘Super Thursday’, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The Bank of England’s latest projections point to little change in outlook for the UK economy, compared to their February report, with only a slight downgrade for 2017.  Significantly, the central ban...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Widening trade deficit highlights UK’s economic imbalances

BCC: Widening trade deficit highlights UK’s economic imbalances

Commenting on the trade statistics for March 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The sharp deterioration in the UK’s net trade position means that trade is likely to have been a drag on UK growth in the first quarter of the year, following a strong performance in the previous quarter. This deterioration reflects a s...

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Chamber NewsEconomic survey results releaved at Somerset Chamber breakfast

Economic survey results releaved at Somerset Chamber breakfast

Somerset’s first Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) Breakfast Briefing took place on Wednesday 3 May, highlighting the regional findings from Q1 2017 of the British Chambers’ national business barometer. Business people from across the county attended the event at Tangier Central in Taunton, which was organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and chartered accountants PKF Francis Clark. John En...

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Chamber NewsBCC election manifesto: Devolution

BCC election manifesto: Devolution

With five weeks to go until the election, each week the British Chambers of Commerce will be focusing on one of our five keys ‘asks’ from the Chamber Manifesto. In conjunction with the mayoral elections, this week they are looking specifically at local growth and devolution.Businesses need a strong voice in the local decision-making process It’s often the case with public policy that ...

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Chamber NewsBCC election manifesto: Brexit and Beyond

BCC election manifesto: Brexit and Beyond

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched ‘Brexit and Beyond’, the Chamber Network manifesto for General Election 2017. The Chamber manifesto calls for the new government, which will be responsible for negotiating the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union, to provide business communities with clear answers to the pragmatic and practical questions around how Brexit w...

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Chamber NewsBCC: UK economic growth loses momentum

BCC: UK economic growth loses momentum

Commenting on the preliminary UK GDP figures for Q1 2017, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The preliminary estimate of UK GDP growth indicates that the UK economy suffered a slight loss of momentum in the first quarter of the year, following a strong end to 2016. That said, quarterly growth of 0.3% is still in line with...

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Chamber NewsDofE Direct launch enables SMEs to upskill staff

DofE Direct launch enables SMEs to upskill staff

SMEs can help their young staff develop essential workplace skills and attributes by signposting them to DofE Direct; a new way for 18-23 year olds to achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award independently, without the need to belong to a local group. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as enabling young people to build and evidence a range of so-called soft skills such ...

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