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Chamber NewsBCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking

BCC: Another day lost while the clock is ticking

Commenting on the latest votes in Parliament on Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Another day lost while the clock is ticking. Government and parliament are still going round in circles when businesses and the public urgently need answers. “The real-world result of Westminster’s interminable wrangling is market uncertainty, stockpi...

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Chamber NewsPolitical and Business Leaders urge businesses, colleges and schools to enter awards

Political and Business Leaders urge businesses, colleges and schools to enter awards

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member at Somerset County Council and Jonathan Langdon, Chairman of Milsted Langdon are urging businesses and schools to celebrate their joint work.                                                                                                              ...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Flexible labour market limiting impact of sluggish economy

BCC: Flexible labour market limiting impact of sluggish economy

Commenting on the labour market figures for January 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The marked increase in employment is further evidence that the jobs market remains a major positive for the UK economy. Although some firms report that Brexit uncertainty and recruitment difficulties are weighing on hiring inte...

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Chamber NewsBrexit panel discussion to provide valuable insight for businesses

Brexit panel discussion to provide valuable insight for businesses

With continuing uncertainty following the overwhelming rejection by MPs of the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement, Somerset Chamber of Commerce is organising a half-day Brexit panel discussion to give firms an opportunity to gain expert insight and advice to help them prepare for business post-Brexit. A panel of distinguished business leaders will discuss topics including trade, log...

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Chamber NewsBCC responds to result of meaningful vote

BCC responds to result of meaningful vote

Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster ride that shows no sign of...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on GDP and trade figures

BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for November 2018, published by the ONS today, Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Despite a small improvement in GDP growth between October and November, the underlying three-month measure showed an economy that was slowing after what had been a stronger performance in the previous quart...

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Chamber NewsCelebrating careers inspiration in Somerset

Celebrating careers inspiration in Somerset

Have you, or someone you know, inspired a young person about their future or helped them to prepare for employment? Then here is the opportunity to showcase your good practice. Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019 will celebrate the best in careers inspiration and work-related learning in Somerset. With 10 award categories, entries are welcome from individuals and teams within edu...

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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Big squeeze on firms from recruitment, prices and cash flow

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Big squeeze on firms from recruitment, prices and cash flow

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings:Per...

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Chamber NewsSkills shortages and broadband issues are the key concerns for Somerset businesses in 2019

Skills shortages and broadband issues are the key concerns for Somerset businesses in 2019

Issues around skills shortages and digital infrastructure rank highest for Somerset businesses, even above concerns over Brexit, according to the latest membership survey from Somerset Chamber of Commerce. More than half of the respondents to the Chamber’s annual membership survey said that issues around education and skills (56 per cent) and digital infrastructure (52 per cent) were a major co...

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Chamber NewsBritish business says no to no-deal in 100 days’ time

British business says no to no-deal in 100 days’ time

The UK’s five leading business groups, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people, today unite and call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29th March.“Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forwar...

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Chamber NewsBCC Forecast: Business investment deep freeze to continue in 2019

BCC Forecast: Business investment deep freeze to continue in 2019

Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is one of many factors that has weakened the outlook for business investment, according to the latest forecast by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).  The UK’s leading business group forecast a decline of -0.6% for business investment this year following weaker than expected data. This is a sharp decline from the 1.0% growth previousl...

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Chamber NewsChamber members attend Innovation and Productivity event

Chamber members attend Innovation and Productivity event

Over 20 members of Somerset Chamber of Commerce attended a round table discussion held in association with NatWest at Ashfords Solicitors on the morning of Friday 14th December. Stephen Henagulph opened the event, welcoming delegates and introducing the event as part of a national project via the BCC.  The event followed the Greater Manchester event on 11 December and proceeds the Surrey round...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Westminster should be focused on needs of the country

BCC: Westminster should be focused on needs of the country

Commenting on the news that the Prime Minister will face a vote of no confidence, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “At one of the most pivotal moments for the UK economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country. “The utter dismay amongst businesses...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on labour market figures

BCC comments on labour market figures

Commenting on the labour market figures for December 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While the latest data confirms that the UK jobs market remains in good shape, the second successive rise in unemployment, coupled with a decline in the number of people who are not seeking work, is further evidence of the i...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Education Business Partnership Awards reveals Headline Sponsor

Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards reveals Headline Sponsor

We are delighted to unveil Milsted Langdon, one of the South West’s leading independent accountancy practices, as headline sponsors of the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019. The awards, which open for entries on 7 January 2019 will celebrate  businesses and education providers across the county who inspire and equip young people for their future careers.  Joanna Whitehead, C...

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