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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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Chamber NewsEmployee wellbeing critical to business success according to new survey

Employee wellbeing critical to business success according to new survey

Over two-fifths (43%) of businesses have had employees absent from work for more than four weeks due to ill health in the last two years, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce and Unum. The overriding impacts of staff absences are operational (88%) and on staff morale (76%) according to the results of the survey of over 1,000 businesses of all sizes and across all sectors....

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Chamber NewsBCC warns of slowing UK economy amid ongoing Brexit stalemate

BCC warns of slowing UK economy amid ongoing Brexit stalemate

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) released its latest economic forecast, downgrading growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.2% (from 1.3%) and to 0.8% (from 1.0%) for 2020. The GDP growth forecast of 1.2% remains unchanged for 2021. While the BCC expects the UK economy will avoid a technical recession and return to modest growth in the third quarter, downgrades to its...

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Chamber NewsBCC survey reveals firms would reduce recruitment and investment in the event of no-deal Brexit

BCC survey reveals firms would reduce recruitment and investment in the event of no-deal Brexit

The British Chambers of Commerce has published new research demonstrating some of the potential real-world consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the 31 October. A survey of over 1,500 companies by the leading business group - covering of all sizes and sectors of business, across the UK - found that in the event of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31st October, nearly a quarter of firms s...

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Chamber NewsChamber survey finds poor broadband speeds restricting business growth

Chamber survey finds poor broadband speeds restricting business growth

A THIRD of Somerset businesses which have already responded to a Somerset Chamber of Commerce broadband survey experience daily drop-outs in their internet service. Buffering causes major problems for many, while almost a quarter of the respondents, so far, reported problems simply sending or receiving emails. Half of those who had completed the survey, to date, said their existing internet speed...

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Chamber NewsLatest ONS figures show economy is still weak and the outlook remains challenging

Latest ONS figures show economy is still weak and the outlook remains challenging

The economy is still weak and while a recession looks set to be avoided in this quarter, the outlook remains challenging, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said today. Commenting on the latest UK GDP statistics, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Suren said: “Although there was a rise in GDP between June and July, the zero-growth recorde...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Business still unable to prepare fully for a no-deal Brexit

BCC: Business still unable to prepare fully for a no-deal Brexit

New research from the British Chambers of Commerce shows a concerningly high number of UK firms aren’t ready for a no deal Brexit. Business has consistently called on government to avoid a messy and disorderly exit but in light of the political turmoil and relentless uncertainty, clearer and more consistent information is needed to help them prepare. The survey of over 1,500 firms from across t...

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Chamber NewsRecord-breaking year for Somerset Business Awards

Record-breaking year for Somerset Business Awards

JUDGES in this year’s Somerset Business Awards are facing a particularly tough challenge after a record number of entries were received from companies, charities and individuals across the county. The number of entries was up by over 16 per cent compared to last year and comes after the original deadline was extended by two weeks to help businesses balance school holidays and Brexit pressures w...

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Chamber NewsAhead of Bank of England Update, SW agent Donna Kehoe outlines the challenges facing the financial system

Ahead of Bank of England Update, SW agent Donna Kehoe outlines the challenges facing the financial system

Donna Kehoe, South West Agent of the Bank of England South West, will be giving Chamber members an update on the current economic situation at the annual Bank of England Update at Taunton Racecourse on Friday, 13 September. She will summarise the bank’s views on the prospects for the British economy over the next two to three years. There will also be the opportunity for guests to network over ...

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Chamber NewsExciting opportunity to join the Hinkley Supply Chain Team

Exciting opportunity to join the Hinkley Supply Chain Team

The Hinkley Supply Chain Team, based within the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, is offering a unique opportunity to be part of one of the biggest construction projects in Europe and the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for over 20 years. The team is looking for an Apprentice Business Administrator who will play a pivotal role in the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, supporting suppli...

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Chamber NewsBusiness Secretary launches £10 million Brexit fund for business organisations

Business Secretary launches £10 million Brexit fund for business organisations

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019. The Business Readiness Fund is open to business organisations and trade associations throughout the UK and will support events, training and the production of advice packs to assist businesses in making...

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Chamber NewsBCC says Westminster turmoil taking continuing toll in UK economy

BCC says Westminster turmoil taking continuing toll in UK economy

The Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Dr Adam Marshall, has warned the ongoing turbulence in Westminster is continuing to affect the health of the UK economy. Reacting to news that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked the Queen to suspend Parliament ahead of a Queen’s Speech on 14 October, Dr Marshall said: “Businesses feel like Westminster is playing an endless game...

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