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Chamber NewsBusinesses offer Government help to design new immigration system

Businesses offer Government help to design new immigration system

The UK’s five largest business organisations (BCC, CBI, FSB, IOD and MakeUK) - and around 30 trade associations, from hoteliers to universities, employing millions of people – have signed a letter to Rt Hon Priti Patel offering their help in designing a new immigration system. The signatories welcome recent indications from Government about reducing the £30k salary test and scrapping the net...

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Chamber NewsJobs market remains strong but uncertainty starting to have an impact

Jobs market remains strong but uncertainty starting to have an impact

The jobs market remains buoyant, but a subdued economy, lingering uncertainty and persistent recruitment difficulties are beginning to weigh on firms’ hiring decisions, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Commenting on the ONS labour market figures for January 2020, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The jobs market re...

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Chamber NewsBCC says Government must help firms adapt to post-Brexit trade regulations

BCC says Government must help firms adapt to post-Brexit trade regulations

The UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has quashed any prospect of the Treasury lending its support to big manufacturing sectors which favour alignment with EU regulations post-Brexit. In an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end o...

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Chamber NewsEntries invited for the 2020 Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards

Entries invited for the 2020 Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards

Entries for the Somerset Education Business Awards 2020 are now open! The Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards are open for entries until March 13, 2020. The awards celebrate the hard work of all who inspire young people and develop future skills and talent across the county. Do you know someone who has inspired a young person about their future career choices or has your business pro...

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Chamber NewsHighway infrastructure to come under the spotlight

Highway infrastructure to come under the spotlight

SOMERSET’S transport infrastructure will come under the spotlight at Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s first business breakfast of 2020. Nick Aldworth Regional Delivery Director for Highways England (South West) will be joined by Somerset County Council cabinet members Cllr David Hall, who holds the economic development, planning and community infrastructure portfolio and Cllr John Woodman, wh...

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Chamber NewsUK economy stagnating as service sector slows, according to Q4 of BCC's Quarterly Economic Survey

UK economy stagnating as service sector slows, according to Q4 of BCC's Quarterly Economic Survey

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey reveals that the UK ended 2019 in stagnation, amid long term uncertainty, rising business costs and a slowing global economy.  The latest results of the survey – which is the largest of its kind in the UK and a leading indicator of GDP growth - found protracted weakness across most indicators of economic health in the final quart...

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Chamber NewsBCC calls on Government to reduce business costs to make new minimum wages sustainable

BCC calls on Government to reduce business costs to make new minimum wages sustainable

Commenting on the announcement that the new National Living Wage will be set at £8.72, with the National Minimum Wage increasing across all age groups, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said: “Businesses want to pay their staff a good wage. They recognise and support the drive to improve living standards. But many have struggled with increased costs in a time of gr...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes end of Brexit deadlock but warns of a long road ahead

BCC welcomes end of Brexit deadlock but warns of a long road ahead

The Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), Dr Adam Marshall has welcomed the end to the Westminster deadlock on Brexit but said there was still a long way to go for businesses. He was speaking after last Friday’s vote on the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Bill, which was the first step towards leaving the EU on 31 January. The bill will now undergo further scrutiny in Par...

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Chamber NewsChamber leaders welcome the Queen's Speech but say the devil will be in the detail

Chamber leaders welcome the Queen's Speech but say the devil will be in the detail

Somerset Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Henagulph has welcomed the first Queen’s Speech following the general election and said he hoped it would be the first step towards giving businesses the certainty they needed to invest, recruit and expand. He said the last 12 months of political impasse had been extremely difficult for businesses but the Government’s pledge to focus on Brexit was good...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO hopes election will bring some certainty for businesses

Somerset Chamber CEO hopes election will bring some certainty for businesses

Somerset Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Henagulph said last week’s general election should give businesses some certainty and welcomed the new-look Government’s pledge that it would invest in infrastructure. Mr Henagulph was interviewed by both ITV Westcountry and BBC Somerset in the wake of last Thursday’s general election, which saw the Conservatives gain an 80-seat majority. He stresse...

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Chamber NewsBCC calls for Prime Minister to restore business confidence

BCC calls for Prime Minister to restore business confidence

Congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory, as reported at 7am, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.   “Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Our business communities need to see swift, decisiv...

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Chamber NewsChristmas and New Year opening times at Somerset Chamber

Christmas and New Year opening times at Somerset Chamber

The Somerset Chamber team would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year! The team will be here to help members right up until Christmas Eve. The offices will, however, be closed during the festive period, from Christmas Day through to 2 January. Opening hours: Monday, 23 December           – 8.30am to 5pm Tuesday, 24 December           – 8.3...

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Chamber NewsOcean Fire and Security wins Somerset hamper prize draw

Ocean Fire and Security wins Somerset hamper prize draw

Yeovil-based Ocean Fire and Security has been presented with a hamper of Somerset produce after winning the Chamber’s QES prize draw. The company was chosen at random to win the from the local businesses which completed the British Chambers of Commerce Q3 QES survey through the Somerset Chamber. Jenn Chidley-Sanders, the Chamber’s Member Engagement and Policy Manager, presented the hamper to...

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Chamber NewsWeak GDP forecast for 2020 as business investment falls

Weak GDP forecast for 2020 as business investment falls

UK economic growth in 2020 is forecast to slow to its weakest rate since the financial crisis as higher Government spending struggles to offset falling business investment, weakening net trade and sluggish consumer spending.    GDP growth is forecast to slow from 1.3% for this year to 1.0% in 2020 - the weakest outturn since 2009 – according to the latest economic forecast from British Chamb...

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Chamber NewsBusiness dissatisfaction with road and rail networks grows

Business dissatisfaction with road and rail networks grows

UK businesses are even less satisfied with UK infrastructure than they were a year ago, according to research published today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Stagecoach.   The survey of 1,200 business leaders finds that only around one third (35%) of UK businesses feel that the UK road network is meeting their needs when reaching customers, suppliers, and employees. This is a redu...

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