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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey: UK economy treading water despite export boost

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: UK economy treading water despite export boost

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Thursday) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey. Based on the responses of over 7,100 businesses, the survey shows that UK economic growth remained subdued in the first quarter of 2018, despite a strong export performance.In the service sector, a key driver of the UK ec...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce into Network

BCC welcomes Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce into Network

The British Chambers of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has passed the accreditation process, to become the 53rd Accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK.  The Chamber, led by Chief Executive Alison Henderson, successfully demonstrated that its approach to governance, resource management and service delivery met the challenging requirements of BCC Accred...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Work needed to reverse fall in apprenticeships

BCC: Work needed to reverse fall in apprenticeships

Commenting on the Apprenticeship Levy statistics, published today by the Department for Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With our research showing three quarters of businesses facing skills shortages, it is vital that employers can recruit young people into the business and upskill workers at every level of...

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Chamber NewsBCC: National Living Wage increases are a delicate balancing act

BCC: National Living Wage increases are a delicate balancing act

Commenting on the increase in the National Living Wage (NLW), the British Chambers of Commerce said it was important to help low paid workers deal with the consequences of inflation without pricing people out of jobs. The BCC recommended a cautious approach to any future rises in the NLW to reflect the costs and pressures faced by employers and uncertainty in the economy. With firms facing mount...

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Chamber NewsBCC launches ‘No More Not Spots’ campaign

BCC launches ‘No More Not Spots’ campaign

This Tuesday, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launched its campaign for ‘No More Not Spots’, with the aim of ending not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play. The UK’s leading business group is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering coverage to identify coverage challenges and work throu...

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Chamber NewsThe Queen’s representative addresses Somerset business women on International Women’s Day

The Queen’s representative addresses Somerset business women on International Women’s Day

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset addressed 50 business women from across the county at a Somerset Chamber networking event held on International Women’s Day (8 March 2018). Speaking at Somerset Chamber’s first Ladies Afternoon Tea event of the year, Mrs Anne Maw gave an insightful talk on the work she carries out on behalf of the Queen. This requires attendance at formal ceremonies a...

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Chamber NewsBritish Chamber of Commerce reacts to Chancellor’s Spring Statement

British Chamber of Commerce reacts to Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Commenting on the Spring Statement, delivered today (Tuesday) by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses will be encouraged by the Chancellor’s report on the UK’s fiscal health, with lower projections for the deficit and falling national debt, as well as his full-throated defence of the market economy and ...

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Chamber NewsAdam Marshall: Ambitious growth plan for UK more important to business than Brexit

Adam Marshall: Ambitious growth plan for UK more important to business than Brexit

Addressing the BCC Annual Conference 2018 today (Thursday), Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, will remind the government that the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK business community, and country, are not related to exiting the EU, but to the fundamentals in the domestic environment. In his keynote speech to the Conference in the QEII centre...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber Welcomes Ofgem announcement

Somerset Chamber Welcomes Ofgem announcement

Following the announcement from Ofgem today, Somerset Chamber of Commerce welcomes the formalisation of the backbilling process and the ban for periods over 12 months.  Previously a voluntary agreement by the major suppliers, the new guidelines now apply across all providers as well as ensuring that those who signed the voluntary agreement comply with the ban. Head of Chamber Services - Alistai...

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Chamber NewsMiles Phillips host GDPR for Charities workshop

Miles Phillips host GDPR for Charities workshop

On Friday 23 February Somerset Chamber of Commerce hosted a free GDPR workshop with Miles Phillips for charity members.  With 17 charity organisations within the membership it was a great opportunity for them to discuss the unique impact the new regulations will have on them as well as get some practical tips on how to prepare for the 25th May 2018. Marsha Miles who ran the workshop commented ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech

BCC comments on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on the Labour Party’s position on Brexit and future UK-EU customs arrangements, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the customs union, like the Government’s, feels more political than practical for business. The priority must be to delve far more into the detail and negotiat...

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Chamber NewsChamber members invited behind the scenes at Screwfix

Chamber members invited behind the scenes at Screwfix

One of the region’s largest employers has opened its doors to a group of Somerset Chamber members, giving them a rare opportunity to look ‘behind the scenes’ of the leading Somerset brand. With spaces limited to 50 people, the exclusive event sold out well in advance. Prior to a tour of the firm’s Yeovil headquarters, delegates heard from directors in the company’s marketing, legal, int...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Bank of England ‘Super Thursday’

BCC comments on Bank of England ‘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 forecasts point to a mild improvement in the central bank’s outlook for the UK economy, with upgrades to its UK growth forecasts, compared to their November report. “T...

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Chamber NewsBCC open letter to PM: Businesses need clarity on Brexit

BCC open letter to PM: Businesses need clarity on Brexit

As Cabinet ministers gather today to discuss the government’s negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Adam Marshall, the BCC’s Director General, write an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government’s objecti...

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Chamber NewsSouth West Supplier Milestone for Hinkley Point C

South West Supplier Milestone for Hinkley Point C

A total of 4,000 South West businesses have now signed up to the Hinkley Supply Chain portal where companies are matched to contracts at the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction project, creating hundreds of new jobs and pumping millions of pounds into the regional economy. The significant milestone was announced by the Hinkley Point Supply Chain Team which runs the portal, designed to be the singl...

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