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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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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes HMRC decision to auto-enrol VAT-registered firms for TSP in the event of a no-deal Brexit

BCC welcomes HMRC decision to auto-enrol VAT-registered firms for TSP in the event of a no-deal Brexit

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has automatically registered 95,000 VAT-registered businesses for its simplified import procedures allowing most traders up to six months to pay import duties and submit customs declarations, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October. The scheme, known as Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), will make importing after Brexit on 31 October much simpler,...

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Chamber NewsBCC reacts to Queen's Speech and calls for measures to support growth and boost investment

BCC reacts to Queen's Speech and calls for measures to support growth and boost investment

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to Government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for businesses facing Brexit uncertainty, global headwinds and a UK economy in stasis. The Government’s economic plan must be grounde...

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Chamber NewsUncertainty around Brexit tariffs and exchange rates holding back UK exports

Uncertainty around Brexit tariffs and exchange rates holding back UK exports

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) have revealed that uncertainty around Brexit, tariffs and exchange rate volatility are holding back the potential of many UK exporters. A recent survey of 1,140 internationally active UK businesses found that general uncertainty around Brexit was considered the top barrier to export, listed by almost half (47%) of businesse...

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Chamber NewsSurvey reveals Somerset businesses struggling with unreliable broadband and low speeds

Survey reveals Somerset businesses struggling with unreliable broadband and low speeds

HALF of the respondents to Somerset Chamber of Commerce’s broadband survey said their poor internet connections were already restricting their businesses – almost 10% said they had no broadband coverage at all, with some firms in Mendip and West Somerset relying on 4G and those in South Somerset turning to satellite provision. The survey, run in partnership with ultra-fast broadband provider ...

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Chamber NewsExperts give insight into current and future trends at Chamber digital event

Experts give insight into current and future trends at Chamber digital event

Experts from the world of technology and digital innovation gave a fascinating insight into current and future trends at Somerset Chamber’s Digital Trends and Innovation event held at Strode College on Wednesday, 2 October. Guest speakers included representatives from Strode College, ultra-fast broadband provider Truespeed, law firm Clerksroom and demand economics specialists Kaiasm. The audie...

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Chamber NewsIncatext Ltd wins Somerset hamper in QES survey prize draw

Incatext Ltd wins Somerset hamper in QES survey prize draw

Screening and seating experts Incatext Ltd, of Beacon Works, Main Road, Weston-super-Mare, were the winners of the Chamber’s prize draw to win a hamper packed with Somerset goodies. Jenn Chidley-Sanders, the Chamber’s Member Engagement and Policy Manager, presented the hamper to Vicki Sinclair, Director and Matt Hill, Sales Director. Incatext Ltd was chosen at random to win the hamper from t...

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Chamber NewsFinalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2019

Finalists announced for Somerset Business Awards 2019

THE finalists have been announced in this year’s prestigious Somerset Business Awards, with companies, charities and individuals from across the county vying for the honours. Judges faced a tough time whittling down a record-breaking number of entries in this year’s awards, which are run annually by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. The 2019 finalists come from all corners of the county, fro...

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Chamber NewsBCC study shows major gaps in official no deal Brexit guidance for business

BCC study shows major gaps in official no deal Brexit guidance for business

The British Chambers of Commerce today publishes an evaluation of official UK Government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.    The leading business group has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insuffici...

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