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Chamber NewsBCC responds to UK-Australia announcement of in principle trade agreement

BCC responds to UK-Australia announcement of in principle trade agreement

William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses will welcome this Agreement in Principle as a step forward. However, there is a long way to go before the signing and implementation of a free trade deal. It should also be pointed out that trade with Australia represents only around 1.2% of the UK’s total, so whilst a deal will have welcome benef...

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Chamber NewsLockdown extension a 'hammer blow' to businesses

Lockdown extension a 'hammer blow' to businesses

The decision to delay lifting the remaining Coronavirus restrictions in England by four weeks beyond June 21 has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of the BCC, said: “Businesses will be disappointed by this setback to the reopening in England. This delay to the removal of restrictions will come as a ham...

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Chamber NewsSomerset firms encouraged to apply for inward investment grant funding

Somerset firms encouraged to apply for inward investment grant funding

The Heart of the South West LEP is inviting Somerset firms to apply for the second round of funding from the ERDF Inward Investment Support Grant Scheme. The HotSW LEP ERDF Inward Investment Support Grant Scheme is a £900,000 fund designed to boost economic recovery and create new jobs in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay. The grants of between £25k-£150k, which require match funding, are f...

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Chamber NewsBCC Forecast: UK set for an uneven economic recovery, despite record GDP growth 

BCC Forecast: UK set for an uneven economic recovery, despite record GDP growth 

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Thursday) released its latest economic forecast which predicts UK GDP growth for 2021 of 6.8%, which if realised would be the strongest outturn since official records began in 1949. If COVID restrictions continue to be released, UK GDP growth will be strongest over Q2 2021 and Q3 2021. The UK economy is then expected to return to its pre-pandemic ...

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Chamber NewsSouth West business leaders send list of five key asks to PM ahead of G7 summit

South West business leaders send list of five key asks to PM ahead of G7 summit

The South West’s leading business organisation has written to the Prime Minister ahead of the G7 summit to ask for leadership in helping businesses build a more sustainable future for trade that operates in harmony with our environment. More than 230 business leaders and academics joined a virtual ‘C7’ conference hosted by British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) ahead of the G7 in C...

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Chamber NewsSmall business confidence rising but fears over future lockdowns remain

Small business confidence rising but fears over future lockdowns remain

Small businesses are increasingly confident in their ability to grow and power the economic recovery, although many still have fears about the ongoing impact of COVID restrictions. This comes according to new data published today by the British Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Funding Circle, the UK’s largest small business loan platform. The survey of more than 1,000 firms, almost all ...

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Chamber NewsSurvey shows over two thirds of businesses offering remote working to staff

Survey shows over two thirds of businesses offering remote working to staff

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has released new figures showing that over two thirds (66%) of businesses surveyed were offering remote working to employees. The data, from a survey of over 900 businesses conducted in April 2021, also shows nearly three quarters of businesses expect to have at least one employee working remotely over the coming year, with the average expectation among those...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes proposed rail reforms as a step in the right direction

BCC welcomes proposed rail reforms as a step in the right direction

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) welcomed news of “long overdue railway reform plans” as a step in the right direction. Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director of the BCC, said: “It’s good to see recognition of the ongoing need for private sector investment and innovation in our railways. Rail reform, now long overdue, needs to give industry the confidence to invest for the future and e...

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Chamber NewsUK  job vacancies hit highest level since start of pandemic

UK job vacancies hit highest level since start of pandemic

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said the UK jobs market appeared to be more resilient as job vacancies hit their highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The further easing of lockdown measures meant more employers could again recruit, which resulted in 657,000 job vacancies in February to April, up about 48,400 on t...

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Chamber News78% of businesses report no plans to implement ‘Vaccine Certification’, BCC survey shows 

78% of businesses report no plans to implement ‘Vaccine Certification’, BCC survey shows 

The British Chambers of Commerce today published new survey data which show that the vast majority of responding businesses have no plans in place to require evidence of vaccination from customers, suppliers or employees. The BCC has therefore called on the Government to set out plans as soon as possible for what operating conditions will be for businesses after the final phase of the ...

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Chamber NewsEconomy rebounded in March according to figures from ONS

Economy rebounded in March according to figures from ONS

British Chambers of Commerce Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, said he was hopeful of a “robust rebound” in the second quarter after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the UK economy shrank by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2021. This was largely due to the lengthy winter lockdown, which included school and business closures. However, there was a strong recovery in March with ...

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Chamber NewsBCC says Queen’s Speech offers opportunity to make change for the better 

BCC says Queen’s Speech offers opportunity to make change for the better 

Responding to the details of the Government’s legislative plan set out in today’s Queen’s Speech, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of the BCC, said: “Businesses will welcome the clear direction in today’s Queen’s Speech as the Government looks to boost the economy and place all parts of the UK on an equal footing.    “As companies begin the slow process of re...

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Chamber NewsChamber network hosts C7 to mirror G7 discussions on the 'green and blue' economy

Chamber network hosts C7 to mirror G7 discussions on the 'green and blue' economy

The British Chambers of Commerce South West have invited guests and experts from fellow Chambers and G7 partners to debate the challenges and opportunities which business leaders from around the world will be discussing at the G7 conference. G7 leaders will be meeting in Cornwall to discuss the implications of a 'green and blue' economy - one which focuses on energy, transport, agriculture and fo...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes “first step” in return of international travel

BCC welcomes “first step” in return of international travel

Responding to the announcement of the ‘green list’ for international travel, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said:  “We welcome this announcement as a first step on the road to a broader resumption of international travel over the coming months. "Many businesses will be hoping that this soon leads to a further expansion of the ‘green list’. Firms are ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber of Commerce Board update

Somerset Chamber of Commerce Board update

The Board of Directors of Somerset Chamber of Commerce would like to announce that CEO Stephen Henagulph has left the Chamber by mutual consent, with effect from April 30, 2021. Stephen has been CEO since September 2018 and we would like to thank him for his significant contribution to the Chamber through this most challenging of periods. As usual, any enquiries about Chamber business or events s...

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