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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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Chamber NewsImmigration relaxation for doctors a welcome first step, says BCC

Immigration relaxation for doctors a welcome first step, says BCC

Commenting on reports that the Home Office is to exclude non-EU doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 visa cap, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “This is a positive first step. Non-EU doctors and nurses make up a large share of visas granted under the Tier 2 regime, so removing these workers will help many businesses acr...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Apprenticeship starts

BCC comments on Apprenticeship starts

Commenting on the apprenticeship and levy statistics for June 2018, issued today by the Department for Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “This further drop in the number of apprenticeship starts is a clear sign that something is going wrong with the Apprenticeship Levy. “Businesses want to make the system ...

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Chamber NewsBritish Chambers of Commerce chief addresses Somerset business leaders

British Chambers of Commerce chief addresses Somerset business leaders

Dr Adam Marshall from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) was the guest speaker at this year’s Business Leaders’ Dinner on Thursday 7 June, attended by around 40 business people from across Somerset. Held at Woodlands Castle in Taunton, the event is one of the highlights of the business calendar, attracting many of Somerset’s most successful companies and biggest employers. Organised by ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation figures

BCC comments on inflation figures

Commenting on the inflation statistics for May 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation held steady for the first time since January 2018, with the upward pressure from fuel prices in May offset by weaker outturns in several categories. That said, the marked pick-up in producer price g...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Labour market remains robust, but earnings slowdown concerning

BCC: Labour market remains robust, but earnings slowdown concerning

Commenting on the labour market figures for June 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The marked increase in employment and the continued drop in the number of people out of work confirms that the UK labour market continues to perform robustly, even though wider economic conditions are weakening. While a slowing econo...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber members inform Education Business Partnership

Somerset Chamber members inform Education Business Partnership

Andrew Hanson, Education Business Partnership Manager has been listening to Chamber members to understand the skills issues they face and the support they require to address these. Businesses across sectors as diverse as engineering, health care, professional services and hospitality have all expressed skills shortages. Concerns range from the ability to recruit skilled employees now, to deve...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on trade figures

BCC comments on trade figures

Commenting on the trade statistics and key short-term indicators for April 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While there was a slight monthly pick-up in construction output, the longer-term trends confirm continued weakness, and together with the widening in the UK’s trade deficit and weakening industrial output,...

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Chamber NewsBCC: No more delays, no more excuses on Heathrow expansion

BCC: No more delays, no more excuses on Heathrow expansion

Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: "The message from business to Parliament couldn't be simpler: no more delays, no more excuses on Heathrow expansion. "Bold decisions are needed to demonstrate that Britain is open for business at a time of change and uncertainty. ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset cricket all-rounder Peter Trego announced as presenter of 2018 Somerset Business Awards

Somerset cricket all-rounder Peter Trego announced as presenter of 2018 Somerset Business Awards

Launched at a black-tie cocktail reception held at the Castle Hotel in Taunton yesterday (Thursday 31st May), the prestigious Somerset Business Awards are now officially open for entries! Somerset cricket all-rounder and cult hero, Peter Trego, has been announced as this year’s awards evening presenter. Trego played his first senior games for Somerset County Cricket Club in 1997 and is regarded...

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Chamber NewsNo More Not Spots!

No More Not Spots!

Access to mobile voice call services is a basic requirement of business today: it’s essential to consumers and for linking people and communities. That’s why the British Chambers of Commerce has launched a campaign calling for No More Not Spots! A 2017 survey by the BCC found that 70% of UK firms experience ‘not spots’, areas of no mobile coverage by any operator, or ‘partial not spots...

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Chamber NewsNew Business Advisor joins the Hinkley Supply Chain Team

New Business Advisor joins the Hinkley Supply Chain Team

A new business advisor has joined the Hinkley Supply Chain Team to provide support for South West businesses registered on the supply chain portal, helping them to win contracts at Hinkley Point C. Tom Scott has been appointed as Hinkley Supply Chain Business Advisor, increasing the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, which is managed by Somerset Chamber of Commerce, to five people. He has a solid backgro...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Inflation continues on its downward path

BCC: Inflation continues on its downward path

Commenting on the inflation statistics for April 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation surprisingly slowed in April with the main downward pressure to the rate coming from air fares, as a result of the timing of Easter, compared to last year. This more than offset upward pressures f...

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Chamber NewsAre you our next Chief Executive?

Are you our next Chief Executive?

Do you have strong leadership and management qualities developed during your track record of at least five years in a successful senior management role? Are you able to build and maintain effective, positive and productive working relationships, with the ability to positively inspire, influence and motivate those around you? Do your excellent communication skills include making impactful present...

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