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Chamber NewsImproving Rail Links to Heathrow From the West and Beyond

Improving Rail Links to Heathrow From the West and Beyond

As we reported on 22nd June, the proposed rail link to Heathrow from the Great Western Main Line aims to improve connections to the UK's main airport hub from the South West, South Wales, The Midlands and South of the country.  Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce have included the scheme in their 2018 Business Manifesto, highlighting it as an opportunity to generate circa £800m in additional econo...

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Chamber NewsPOLL: Your Brexit and trade priorities

POLL: Your Brexit and trade priorities

        This is a pivotal time for UK businesses. As negotiations on the UK's departure from the EU continue, the BCC seeks to understand - in this five minute poll – your business’s trade and investment plans, how your business might be impacted by Brexit, and what you would advise UK government to do. Our recent surveys have enabled us to present evidence directly ...

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Chamber NewsBusiness people gather for Summer BBQ

Business people gather for Summer BBQ

On Thursday 2nd August, Somerset Chamber of Commerce held their annual networking BBQ.  Held at the New Monks Yard in Ilminster, Somerset Chamber welcomed over 50 guests to the garden with superb food and relaxed networking.  Alistair Tudor, Head of Chamber Services, said: “It’s always great to welcome Chamber members to a social event like the BBQ and I’d like to thank our sponsors, Hawk...

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Chamber NewsThere’s still time to enter the Somerset Business Awards

There’s still time to enter the Somerset Business Awards

With just over three weeks to go until the deadline for entries to the Somerset Business Awards, the judges are calling on Somerset companies to finalise and submit their entries before it’s too late. Officially closing at midday on Friday 31st August 2018, the Somerset Business Awards annually recognise and celebrate outstanding businesses and individuals across the region. The Awards attract ...

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Chamber NewsUK exports to non EU countries continue to outstrip EU

UK exports to non EU countries continue to outstrip EU

UK exports of goods and services to the rest of the world were higher than UK exports to the EU for ninth year running, ONS figures published today (Tuesday 31 July) confirm. In figures released in the second calendar year after the EU referendum, exports to non-EU countries amounted to around £342 billion in 2017, showing the worldwide demand for British goods and services remains. Exports to E...

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Chamber News£1.3bn Hinkley contracts ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ for South West

£1.3bn Hinkley contracts ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ for South West

Contracts worth more than £1.3bn at Hinkley Point C have already been awarded to South West businesses, according to government figures released last week. But this is just the tip of the iceberg according to the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, which says that the opportunity to benefit from the project and create an industrial legacy for the region is only just beginning. Published by the Department...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Business Awards hosts live panel to share top tips for entering

Somerset Business Awards hosts live panel to share top tips for entering

On Wednesday 4th July 2018, the pr­estigious Somerset Business Awards hosted a live panel for businesses thinking about entering the Awards. The experts talked through the entry process, answered burning questions in a Q&A format, gave advice on specific categories and encouraged potential entrants to start their applications.The purpose of the live session was to delve into the Awards in...

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Chamber NewsTraining and flexible working key to staff retention, says BCC and Indeed

Training and flexible working key to staff retention, says BCC and Indeed

Aside from staff pay, firms are more likely to increase their investment in training, and introduce more flexible working practices, in order to retain staff, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and recruitment company Indeed. The survey, of over 1,000 businesspeople across all sizes and sectors, shows that just under half (42%) of businesses would invest in training a...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on inflation figures

BCC comments on inflation figures

Commenting on the inflation statistics for June 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation was unchanged in June for the second successive month, with the upward price pressure from higher fuel costs offset by falling prices for a number of items, including clothing. “The continued pi...

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Chamber NewsBCC: UK wage growth undermined by poor productivity

BCC: UK wage growth undermined by poor productivity

Commenting on the labour market figures for July 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Robust jobs growth, together with another drop-in unemployment, is further evidence of the continued strength of the UK labour market. “The second successive slowdown in regular pay growth is disappointing. This means that earning...

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Chamber NewsBCC appoints Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns

BCC appoints Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the leading UK business organisation, is delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Walker and Hannah Essex as Co-Executive Directors of Policy and Campaigns. Claire and Hannah arrive from leading education organisation Teach First, where they have been Co-Directors of Communications since 2015, with both having held that position individually. At BCC ...

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Chamber NewsBCC on Brexit White Paper: time to translate ambition into answers for business

BCC on Brexit White Paper: time to translate ambition into answers for business

Commenting on the release of the UK government’s long-awaited White Paper on the future UK-EU relationship, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “At last, businesses have a more comprehensive understanding of the Government's aspirations for the UK's future relationship with the European Union. “This vision should not have taken two years and ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on new monthly GDP statistics and trade figures

BCC comments on new monthly GDP statistics and trade figures

Commenting on the new monthly GDP statistics and key short-term indicators for May 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said “The latest GDP data confirms that there was a modest rally in economic activity over recent months but coming after the marked slowdown in the first quarter there is further confirmation that UK grow...

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Chamber NewsBCC responds to National Infrastructure Assessment

BCC responds to National Infrastructure Assessment

Commenting on the launch of the National Infrastructure Assessment today (Tuesday), Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Business will welcome this long-term plan for infrastructure investment, and particularly the focus on digital and transport connectivity, but business communities have seen plans come and go before, so it’s action t...

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Chamber NewsBCC Quarterly Economic Survey: recruitment difficulties and tougher trading conditions face firms amid sluggish UK growth

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: recruitment difficulties and tougher trading conditions face firms amid sluggish UK growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Monday) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey, and a lead indicator for UK GDP growth. Based on the responses of over 6,000 businesses, the survey suggests that UK economic conditions remain sluggish, despite a modest improvement in activity in the second quarter of 2018. I...

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