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Chamber NewsInspirational afternoon for local businesswomen

Inspirational afternoon for local businesswomen

AROUND 50 businesswomen from across Somerset enjoyed afternoon tea and the opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday at a networking event organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Old Mill Accountants and Financial Planners. The ladies came from all business sectors, including recruitment, financial, marketing and legal, and were able to make new contacts, r...

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Chamber NewsBCC: UK economy continuing to slow under weight of Brexit uncertainty

BCC: UK economy continuing to slow under weight of Brexit uncertainty

Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Although there was an increase in GDP growth between December and January, the data for the longer three-month period recorded an economy that was continuing to slow under the weight of uncertainty over Brexit and weakening global tra...

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Chamber NewsChange at the top of the Hinkley Supply Chain

Change at the top of the Hinkley Supply Chain

A FAMILIAR face will be taking on a new challenge when she steps up to become the Hinkley Point Project Lead on behalf of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Sam Evans, who is currently the Head of Hinkley Supply Chain Engagement for the chamber, will become the Hinkley Project Lead in June, when Chris Langdon steps away from the role. Chris has been the Project Lead for the Hinkley Supply Chain team ...

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Chamber NewsExciting apprenticeship opportunity with the Hinkley Supply Chain

Exciting apprenticeship opportunity with the Hinkley Supply Chain

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, based within the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, is offering a unique opportunity to be part of one of the biggest construction projects in Europe and the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for over 20 years.The team is looking for an Advanced Business Apprentice to play a pivotal role in the Hink...

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Chamber NewsPre-works start on M5 J25 upgrade

Pre-works start on M5 J25 upgrade

Somerset Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Stephen Henagulph was on hand to help with the first step in a £19.2 million scheme to upgrade the M5 Junction 25 roundabout in Taunton. He was among business leaders, civic dignitaries, funding partners and developers who attended a ceremony to mark the start of advance site clearance works. The works include the relocation and replanting of around ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Prime Minister's statement

BCC comments on Prime Minister's statement

“While this a giant political leap for the Prime Minister, this is only a small step towards the clarity and precision that businesses need to chart their future direction. “The overriding priority is still to assure businesses and communities that an unwanted ‘no deal’ scenario will not happen by default on March 29th. “Businesses still need to ensure they are preparing for all possib...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements

BCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on labour and productivity figures

BCC comments on labour and productivity figures

Commenting on the labour market figures for February 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The fall in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite an increasingly challenging economic backdrop. “With earnings growt...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

Somerset Chamber CEO quizzes Transport Secretary on regional infrastructure improvements

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, was in Taunton this afternoon (Friday) where he met with a group of regional business leaders including Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber CEO took the opportunity to question the Transport Secretary on behalf of the region’s businesses, highlighting the need for real investment in the South We...

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Chamber NewsBCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

BCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, as international traders struggle with the value of the pound and pressure from the cost of raw materials and other overheads, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL. The rep...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without answers in event of unwanted ‘no deal’

BCC: Businesses ‘hung out to dry’ without answers in event of unwanted ‘no deal’

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today published a list of twenty critical questions that remain unanswered for business in the unwelcome event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on March 2019.  With less than 50 days to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the publication highlights the many key issues that are still unclear for businesses in a ‘no deal’ scenario on ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on GDP and trade figures

BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The latest data indicates that the UK economy suffered a significant loss of momentum in the final quarter of 2018, with Brexit uncertainty, a slowing global economy and the persistent financial squeeze on consumers and businesses inc...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Businesses talk Brexit at Somerset Chamber panel discussion

Risk mitigation, logistical challenges and EU immigration were key topics of conversation at a Brexit panel discussion event held on Wednesday 6 February for the region’s businesses. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, the half-day event gave businesses an opportunity to learn from the preparations that other firms have made to mitigate the ri...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal, Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses across the UK will be deeply concerned by reports that ministers are considering setting UK import tariffs to zero in the case of no-deal.  ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on no deal customs announcement

BCC comments on no deal customs announcement

Commenting on the announcement by HMRC on Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs in the case of no deal, Ronan Quigley, Executive Director responsible for Trade at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The priority of business communities across the UK is to avoid a messy and disorderly Brexit on March 29th. In the unwelcome scenario of no deal, we have been fighting long and...

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