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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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Chamber NewsLandmark skills training report calls for wide-ranging reboot of UK system 

Landmark skills training report calls for wide-ranging reboot of UK system 

A major new report is calling for a root and branch reform of the UK’s training system to help businesses access the skills they need to boost productivity.  The final report from the Workplace Training and Development Commission (WTDC), set up by the British Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Indeed, follows an 18-month in-depth study of what businesses want from adult skill...

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Chamber NewsBCC and Barclays LifeSkills release report revealing businesses’ thoughts on future-proofing for a post-pandemic world  

BCC and Barclays LifeSkills release report revealing businesses’ thoughts on future-proofing for a post-pandemic world  

The British Chambers of Commerce and Barclays LifeSkills have today released a new report entitled ‘The Next Normal: Future-proofing the Workforce for a Post-Pandemic World’.  The report seeks to tackle questions around the workforce challenges faced by businesses during the pandemic, and how companies can support their staff in the future.  It also highlights the need for emp...

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Chamber NewsUK jobs market remains subdued according to latest ONS figures

UK jobs market remains subdued according to latest ONS figures

The UK jobs market remains subdued and further action will need to be taken when the furlough scheme ends, according to Suren Thiru, the British Chambers of Commerce Head of Economics. Commenting on the latest job market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mr Thiru said: “Unemployment remains on course to peak towards the end of 2021, once the furlough scheme expires and thos...

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Chamber NewsConcerns over inflation rise as manufacturers’ price expectations climb to four-year high

Concerns over inflation rise as manufacturers’ price expectations climb to four-year high

The British Chambers of Commerce has announced the publication of new research which shows a rising number of firms expecting their prices to increase significantly in the coming months. The figures also document growing concern among businesses over rising inflation. The data, drawn from responses from more than 5,800 firms, shows 2 in 5 businesses (38%) in Q1 2021 expect to see their prices inc...

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Chamber NewsUK-EU trade partially recovered and economy jumped during Febraury, according to ONS

UK-EU trade partially recovered and economy jumped during Febraury, according to ONS

Trade between the UK and EU partially recovered in February, after a steep drop in January following Brexit, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Exports to the EU jumped by 46.6% following January's 42% slump when firms struggled with new trade rules, but were still below last year's levels and imports from the EU had seen a weaker recovery. Meanwhile, the UK...

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Chamber NewsFour in 10 UK exporters report decreased sales in Q1 2021, according to BCC

Four in 10 UK exporters report decreased sales in Q1 2021, according to BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Trade Confidence Outlook for Q1, released today, has revealed the stark issues facing UK exporters in the first months of this year. The survey of more than 2,900 UK exporters revealed that the percentage of firms reporting decreased export sales had increased to 41%, up from 38% in the previous quarter. The percentage of businesses reporting increased e...

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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q1 2021:  firms fighting for survival but more see a route out of crisis

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q1 2021:  firms fighting for survival but more see a route out of crisis

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that business conditions remained historically poor in the first quarter of 2021 as the third lockdown severely limited activity.  However, the bellwether survey of 6,103 firms, who employ almost a mill...

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Chamber NewsBritish Chambers of Commerce South West - exports at historic lows as Brexit hits SW firms

British Chambers of Commerce South West - exports at historic lows as Brexit hits SW firms

It is little over two months since the Brexit transition period came to an end, and businesses across the South West have been feeling the effect of higher trade barriers, according to a British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) survey. Of the over 500 businesses that responded, more than half (53%) of exporters said they had been impacted by the new UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (...

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Chamber NewsBCC signs Armed Forces Covenant

BCC signs Armed Forces Covenant

The British Chamber of Commerce has today signed the Armed Forces Covenant in a virtual signing event attended by the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD VR. The British Chamber of Commerce has pledged to the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect in their communi...

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