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Chamber NewsEconomy remains  'imbalanced' despite first quarter growth says BCC

Economy remains 'imbalanced' despite first quarter growth says BCC

The UK economy grew 0.5% in the first three months of 2019, according to the latest figures released today by the Office for National Statistics. The figure was up 0.2% on the previous quarter – but the ONS said the figure had been driven by manufacturers rushing to deliver orders before the original Brexit deadline of 29 March. Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerc...

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Chamber NewsCelebrating careers inspiration at the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards

Celebrating careers inspiration at the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards

The Somerset Education Business Partnership (EBP) Awards 2019, attended by over 130 guests from schools, businesses and education providers across Somerset, were held at The Canalside in Bridgwater. The awards recognised businesses, employees, teachers and students from Taunton, Yeovil, Minehead and across the county, who are committed to developing a skilled local workforce, inspiring young peop...

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Chamber NewsInvitation to launch of new-look Somerset Business Awards

Invitation to launch of new-look Somerset Business Awards

Local businesses are being invited to celebrate the new-look Somerset Business Awards 2019 at the official launch at the Museum of Somerset later this month. As well as a glass of bubbly and a gourmet buffet, the evening on 30th May will include the chance to network with sponsors, previous winners and other finalists and entrants. It will also see the official launch of the new Somerset Busines...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Small businesses don't see UK tax system as level playing field

BCC: Small businesses don't see UK tax system as level playing field

Business believes that the UK tax system is fundamentally unfair and wants more support to stay compliant, according to new research released today (Tuesday) by the British Chambers of Commerce. The BCC survey of over 1,000 firms from across the UK, found that nearly three-fifths (58%) of respondents thought that the UK tax regime was unfair to businesses like theirs. The findings largely signal...

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Chamber NewsTop business leaders to give update on Somerset economy

Top business leaders to give update on Somerset economy

SPEAKERS from the Bank of England and Merchant Banking business Salamanca Group will be joined by Hinkley Point C and British Chambers of Commerce representatives to give a critical insight into the state of the Somerset economy and forecasts for the future at a half-day event in May.The Somerset Economic Update, organised by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at decision-makers an...

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Chamber NewsInflation remains stable in March but could edge upwards according to BCC

Inflation remains stable in March but could edge upwards according to BCC

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), inflation remained stable in March at 1.9% as a rise in fuel prices from the previous month was offset by a fall in food prices. House prices rose in February at the weakest rate since February 2019 but fell by 3.8% in London. The ONS said house price growth had slowed over the last two years.  Commenting on the inflation statistics for Mar...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Labour market in good order but challenges remain

BCC: Labour market in good order but challenges remain

Commenting on the labour market figures for April 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:                                    “The strong increase in employment, coupled with another fall in the number of people out of work, suggests that the UK labour market remains in good order. “However, behind t...

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Chamber NewsNew role available with Hinkley Supply Chain Team

New role available with Hinkley Supply Chain Team

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Hinkley Supply Chain Team and be part of the construction of the first new nuclear power station in a generation at Hinkley Point C, near Bridgwater. The Hinkley Supply Chain Team (HSCT), a collaboration including the Somerset Chamber and EDF Energy, has managed the South West supplier registration portal (www.hinkleysupplychain.co.uk) and associated...

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Chamber NewsBleadon business wins hamper of Somerset goodies

Bleadon business wins hamper of Somerset goodies

Fruit pomace experts A & R House (BCL) Ltd, of Purn House Farm, Bleadon, were the winners of the Chamber’s prize draw to win a hamper packed-full of Somerset goodies. Jenn Chidley-Sanders, the Chamber’s Member Engagement and Policy Manager, presented the hamper to Alistair House at the family farm. A & R House was chosen at random from more than 150 entries to win the hamper, which i...

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Chamber NewsExciting partnership to boost high-growth businesses launched in Somerset

Exciting partnership to boost high-growth businesses launched in Somerset

BUSINESS support organisations Inspire and Somerset Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to deliver even more support for high-growth businesses across the region as part of a partnership which will include access to the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business programme. Inspire has already been running successfully across the border in Wiltshire, spearheaded by Wessex Chambers. That kn...

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Chamber NewsBCC economic survey shows sharp slowdown due to Brexit uncertainty and weakening global markets

BCC economic survey shows sharp slowdown due to Brexit uncertainty and weakening global markets

The British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) quarterly economic survey – the largest private sector survey of business sentiment and leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that key indicators of UK economic health weakened considerably in the first quarter of 2019.  Key findings included: The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales was at its lowest level in a deca...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO officially opens new SS&L head office

Somerset Chamber CEO officially opens new SS&L head office

On Friday, 29 March, Stephen Henagulph, Chief Executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, officially opened the Somerset Skills & Learning Head Office, Courtenay House in Taunton. The event was attended by local businesses, students and staff.    Stephen Henagulph, who cut the ribbon, said: “It was a great honour to be invited to officially open the offices of Somerset Skills & Le...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber announce plans to open second office to cover the North of the region

Somerset Chamber announce plans to open second office to cover the North of the region

Somerset Chamber of Commerce have announced ambitious plans to open a second office in Somerset, offering further support to businesses across the county.  From their Taunton based HQ, CEO Stephen Henagulph today revealed that the Chamber have developed a Somerset North office covering Highbridge, Weston and the Mendip area of the county.  Stephen commented “Since joining the Chamber as CEO ...

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Chamber NewsInflation up in February but predicted to remain close to 2% target

Inflation up in February but predicted to remain close to 2% target

Commenting on the inflation statistics for February 2019, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation picked-up for the first time since August 2018, with rising prices across a range of items including food and alcohol, placing the largest upward pressure on price growth in February. “Infla...

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Chamber NewsFree workshops to help new businesses flourish

Free workshops to help new businesses flourish

NEW businesses are being offered access to a free series of workshops designed to help them on the road to success. Organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and open to all chamber members who have been in business for under three years, the workshops will focus on business planning, accounting, marketing and sales. The first workshop, Business Planning, takes place at the Somerset Chamber of C...

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