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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! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone who has booked to come to our Christmas coffee morning next Tuesday, 17 December, and we’ll be here to help our members right up until Christmas Eve. Our offices will, however, be closed during the festive period, from Christmas Day through to 2 Janua...

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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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Chamber NewsHelen Lacey named as new Chairman of Somerset Chamber's Board of Directors

Helen Lacey named as new Chairman of Somerset Chamber's Board of Directors

A new Chairman has taken over at the helm of Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and will be joined by a host of new faces, representing businesses from across the county. Businesswoman Helen Lacey, Managing Director of Red Berry Recruitment which has offices in Yeovil and Shepton Mallet, took over the chairmanship from outgoing Chairman Greg Saunders, Director of Stanhurst Consul...

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Chamber NewsSkills shortages impacting businesses as labour market remains bouyant

Skills shortages impacting businesses as labour market remains bouyant

The percentage of UK firms facing recruitment difficulties has returned to previous highs, while one in four businesses expect to increase headcount according to the UK’s largest survey of employers.   The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Totaljobs, reveals that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of businesses who attempted to re...

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Chamber NewsManufacturers report drop in orders and cashflow as Brexit and global uncertainty bites

Manufacturers report drop in orders and cashflow as Brexit and global uncertainty bites

A majority of UK manufacturing exporters are reporting a worsening in sales and orders, with indicators showing a substantial drop compared to 2017 and 2018 levels.  The Quarterly International Trade Outlook for Q3 2019, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL today, reveals that indicators for exporting manufacturers in Q3 2019 have undergone large declines, with several key indicators...

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Chamber NewsBCC says next Government must reignite business confidence and investment

BCC says next Government must reignite business confidence and investment

Avoiding a no-deal Brexit and delivering an urgent confidence boost through action on infrastructure, immigration, skills and business costs must be at the forefront of the next Government’s agenda, says the British Chambers of Commerce.  2020 and beyond: business priorities for the next UK Government – compiled with input from the 53 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK and the BC...

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Chamber NewsBCC calls for action after figures show growth at lowest rate for a decade

BCC calls for action after figures show growth at lowest rate for a decade

Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed growth in the UK economy has slowed to its lowest rate in almost a decade. Year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 1% in the three months to the end of September - the lowest since the first three months of 2010. The economy avoided recession after expanding 0.3% in the three months to the end of September - the economy shrunk in the second...

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Chamber NewsBCC works to promote flexible working as ONS reveals growing gender pay gap

BCC works to promote flexible working as ONS reveals growing gender pay gap

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate that in the year to April 2019, the gender pay gap for full-time workers rose to 8.9% - up from 8.6% the previous year. But for people under 40, the gap for full-time employees was close to zero. The gender pay gap is the percentage difference between average hourly earnings for men and women. Responding to the ONS gender pay g...

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Chamber NewsCelebrations for Somerset Business Awards 2019 winners

Celebrations for Somerset Business Awards 2019 winners

THE winners of the 2019 Somerset Business Awards were announced on Friday, 25 October, at a glittering black-tie event at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, in Weston-super-Mare. Nearly 400 business people from across Somerset attended the gala evening, which was organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Somerset cricket legend Peter Trego. The 2019 finalists came from all corners of the...

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Chamber NewsDedicated single Brexit helpline launched by BEIS

Dedicated single Brexit helpline launched by BEIS

The BEIS Business Brexit Helpline - 0300 2000 900 - goes live today. This is a single helpline that will direct calls to the appropriate Government department or one of the existing BEIS helplines (the Enquiry Unit, the Business Support Helpline, and the Office for Product Safety and Standards Contact Centre). The helpline will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. A spokesman for BEIS said t...

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Chamber NewsBusinesses urged to think global at BCC International Trade Summit

Businesses urged to think global at BCC International Trade Summit

It’s riskier to cycle across London on a bicycle than it is to export, that was the message given to the 500 delegates who attended the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) International Trade Summit in London in October. Leading businesses were joined by High Commissioners, politicians and trade experts for the event which highlighted trading opportunities, policies and good practice across ...

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Chamber NewsBCC says a deal remains paramount after Saturday's Parliamentary Brexit debate

BCC says a deal remains paramount after Saturday's Parliamentary Brexit debate

Commenting on Saturday’s Parliamentary debate, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While the Parliamentary drama continues, in the real world businesses wait anxiously for a clear outcome. “In the coming days the onus is on the Government to answer the many questions businesses are posing on the Prime Minister’s deal – and its potential i...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on proposed Brexit agreement

BCC comments on proposed Brexit agreement

Commenting on the announcement that the UK and EU negotiators have come to an agreement, Dr Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Business communities will recognise the huge efforts by UK and EU negotiators to reach an agreement. Understandably, many businesses will reserve judgment until they see the detail.      “Businesses need a chance to analyse precisely...

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