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Chamber NewsBCC to Prime Minister: Time to 'fix the fundamentals' for UK growth

BCC to Prime Minister: Time to 'fix the fundamentals' for UK growth

Chamber business leaders from across the United Kingdom have today (Tuesday) written to the Prime Minister calling for a renewed focus on tackling the barriers to growth and investment in the United Kingdom - and a radical plan for action.   Gathered today in Manchester, Chamber business leaders are calling on the Prime Minister to balance the importance of securing the best possible deal wit...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Evidence of need for Apprenticeship reform mounting

BCC: Evidence of need for Apprenticeship reform mounting

Commenting on the Apprenticeship statistics released today by the Department of Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Since the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms, the statistics have shown a marked decline in the number of apprenticeship starts and, sadly, the latest numbers are no different. “Businesses are crying out for skilled worker...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Productivity decline sign that wage growth can’t be taken for granted

BCC: Productivity decline sign that wage growth can’t be taken for granted

Commenting on the labour market figures for May 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With unemployment declining and employment levels continuing to rise, the latest data confirms that the labour market remains a bright spot for the UK economy. However, while the latest figures are likely to reinforce the MPC’s hawk...

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Chamber NewsCornish Mutual continue to benefit from Patronage of Somerset Chamber

Cornish Mutual continue to benefit from Patronage of Somerset Chamber

Somerset Chamber are delighted to continue their patronage relationship with Cornish Mutual as they look to expand their business into the region.  Commenting on the ongoing relationship, Alistair Tudor, Head of Chamber Services commented; “It’s great to be able to continue the relationship with Cornish Mutual and to hear how much they’ve benefited from their last 12 months of Patronage.  ...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Bank of England’s Super Thursday

BCC comments on Bank of England’s Super Thursday

Commenting on the Bank of England inflation report and interest rate decision published on ‘Super Thursday’, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The decision to keep interest rates on hold, while unsurprising, was the right decision given the loss of momentum suffered by the UK economy in the first quarter and the downgrade to their 2018 GDP grow...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on trade statistics

BCC comments on trade statistics

Commenting on the trade statistics for March 2018, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The narrowing in the UK’s trade deficit in the quarter is a welcome improvement from the weaker performance in the previous quarter, and mainly reflects a fall in goods imports from non-EU countries. However, short term trade data is of...

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Chamber NewsBusiness people gather for Somerset Chamber Dinner

Business people gather for Somerset Chamber Dinner

Around 70 business people from across the county gathered in Bridgwater on Wednesday 25 April for Somerset Chamber of Commerce’ second Business to Business Dinner of the year, in association with Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce.The event is one of the most popular in the Chambers events calendar with guests given multiple opportunities to network with different people throughout each of the t...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Pragmatism, not ideology, needed in customs debate

BCC: Pragmatism, not ideology, needed in customs debate

Reacting to comments made by Business Secretary Greg Clark MP and other political interviewees on the Andrew Marr programme regarding future customs arrangements, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Whatever the final customs deal, the UK government must ensure that trading businesses face only one set of changes, not two, as they move goods across b...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber notes discussions taking place on a unitary Somerset authority

Somerset Chamber notes discussions taking place on a unitary Somerset authority

Somerset Chamber of Commerce note with interest the discussions now taking place on the pros and cons of a unitary Somerset authority.  We understand that there is a constant need for businesses to look at ways to improve productivity and the services delivered by our councils in Somerset are under the same pressures. Clearly the discussion comes from a background of cuts to public service fundi...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber calls for a refocus on the real needs of South West businesses

Somerset Chamber calls for a refocus on the real needs of South West businesses

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is calling for the region’s politicians and governing bodies to refocus on the needs of South West businesses following the publication of the latest GDP figures, which show weak results overall for the UK economy. Published on 27 April by the ONS, the GDP figures for Q1 2018 show the slowest quarterly growth in the UK economy since Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2012. This...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Business can’t rely on just-in-time Brexit preparation

BCC: Business can’t rely on just-in-time Brexit preparation

New research by the British Chambers of Commerce, released today (Monday), in partnership with the Port of Dover, finds that over a third (36%) of traders rely on the just-in-time delivery of material and components, but that many are not preparing for changes to customs procedures after Brexit. The survey, based on the responses of over 835 businesses from across the UK that export or import, f...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Q1 GDP figures show UK stuck in global growth slow lane

BCC: Q1 GDP figures show UK stuck in global growth slow lane

Commenting on the GDP figures for Q1 2018, released today by the ONS, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Sadly, the latest GDP figures confirm what we have been saying for some time: the UK is stuck in the global growth slow lane, while other countries race ahead. “Westminster politicians need to start focusing their attention on a much stron...

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Chamber NewsBCC: standards, not just customs, key to post-Brexit trade success

BCC: standards, not just customs, key to post-Brexit trade success

Speaking at the British Standards Institution’s BSI Standards Forum, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), will today (Thursday) warn against allowing a ‘proxy war’ over a Customs Union to overshadow other crucial aspects of Brexit negotiations – including the UK’s future approach to standards, which will have a major impact on the competitiveness ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Education Business Partnership takes shape

Somerset Education Business Partnership takes shape

Somerset Chamber members consistently emphasise that recruiting the right people with the right skills is essential for their businesses to grow and prosper.  Building strong connections between businesses and schools, colleges and other training providers is central to achieving this objective. So Somerset Chamber is pleased to partner with Somerset County Council to develop the Somerset Educat...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Half of businesses not seeing improvement in UK mobile network

BCC: Half of businesses not seeing improvement in UK mobile network

Only half of businesses believe the UK’s phone network is more reliable than five years ago, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) released today (Friday). A survey by the BCC of over 1,100 businesses, found that while 53% of firms believe the reliability of the UK’s mobile phone network has improved compared to five years ago, 30% believe there has been no chan...

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