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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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Chamber NewsFirepool development still facing challenges

Firepool development still facing challenges

The troubled Firepool development faces further challenges from a group of businesses who are calling for the council to invest in the town centre rather than in an hotel development.  The proposed application for the council owned Market and Priory Bridge site would leave potential for the hotel with the authority making a commercial investment to build the accommodation, retaining ownership of ...

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Chamber NewsGuidance on EU nationals a positive step, says BCC

Guidance on EU nationals a positive step, says BCC

Commenting on the draft rules on the EU Settlement Scheme statement of intent, published today by the Home Office, Mike Spicer, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The guidance published today will be welcomed by employers and EU employees alike. It provides clear information on the status of EU nationals resident in the UK and those who arrive during the tran...

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Chamber NewsYoung professionals stomp to victory for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

Young professionals stomp to victory for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

After walking miles of uneven and testing grounds, a group of young professionals in Somerset are proud to announce they have raised £1,000 for local charity, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. On Saturday 19th May 2018, a team of 13 professionals from a range of businesses across Somerset trekked over 21 miles, clocking up over 45,500 steps each from Sheppy’s Cider Farm in Bradford on Tone ...

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Chamber NewsBCC Economic Forecast: UK set for weakest year of GDP growth since 2009

BCC Economic Forecast: UK set for weakest year of GDP growth since 2009

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at 1.3% (from 1.4%) which, if realised, will be the weakest calendar year growth since 2009, when the economy was in the throes of the global financial crisis. The BCC has also downgraded its GDP growth forecast for 2019 from 1.5% to 1.4%. The ...

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