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Chamber NewsBusinesses encouraged to register for Help to Grow Government support

Businesses encouraged to register for Help to Grow Government support

Businesses are being encouraged to register their interest in the Government’s Help to grow programme, which was announced in this year’s Budget. The programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. There are two schemes – Help to Grow: Management and Help to Grow: Digital. Help to Grow: Management From June, smal...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes free COVID testing for all businesses

BCC welcomes free COVID testing for all businesses

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has welcomed the Government's announcement that all businesses can now apply for free COVID tests for employees. As part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can now register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees. Around one in three people with C...

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Chamber NewsBritish Chambers of Commerce appoints Shevaun Haviland as new Director General

British Chambers of Commerce appoints Shevaun Haviland as new Director General

The Board of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today announced the appointment of Shevaun Haviland as the new Director General of the organisation. Shevaun joins the BCC from the Cabinet Office where she has worked for the last five years running the Business Partnerships team and leading the Inclusive Economy Partnership which aims to build a stronger economy and fairer society through ...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber and BCC welcome business-focused Budget 2021

Somerset Chamber and BCC welcome business-focused Budget 2021

Somerset Chamber CEO Stephen Henagulph has welcomed today’s Budget, with extensions to furlough, Business Rates Relief and VAT reductions to help struggling firms both restart and rebuild. The Chancellor also announced a ‘super deduction’ investment incentive over the next two years to encourage businesses to invest and grow. Mr Henagulph said: “This is very much a business-focused Budge...

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Chamber NewsCall for long-term economic plan to be set out in Budget

Call for long-term economic plan to be set out in Budget

The Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Dr Adam Marshall, said the Chancellor must not waste the chance to set out a clear, long-term framework for business recovery in next week's Budget. Speaking in response to the publication of a BEIS Committee report, ‘The impact of Coronavirus on businesses and workers’, Dr Marshall said Chambers had repeatedly warned businesses could ...

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Chamber NewsAlmost half of exporters to the EU are planning to grow their business

Almost half of exporters to the EU are planning to grow their business

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey, in partnership with moneycorp, found that while 44% of UK exporters to the EU plan to grow their exports to the European Union, nearly a quarter (23%) are looking to either reduce their activity in the EU or have no activity at all in the next 12 months, following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.  Tw...

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Chamber NewsCall for more support as unemployment increases to highest level for five years

Call for more support as unemployment increases to highest level for five years

The UK's unemployment rose to a five year high in the three months to December, rising to 5.1% according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The statistics show 1.74 million people were unemployed in the October to December period, up 454,000 from the same quarter in 2019. Some 726,000 fewer people are currently in payrolled employment than before the start of th...

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Chamber NewsBCC welcomes roadmap for reopening but calls for business support to be extended

BCC welcomes roadmap for reopening but calls for business support to be extended

The British Chambers of Commerce has welcomed the Prime Minister’s roadmap for the reopening of businesses, events and activities in England, but said it was critical the stop-start approach to lockdowns came to an end. Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, said businesses needed clarity and honesty from the Government and called for key business support schemes to be extended as many ...

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Chamber NewsBCC criticises Government decision to delay review of business rates

BCC criticises Government decision to delay review of business rates

The Government has blamed the “ongoing and wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic and economic uncertainty” for its decision to delay a review on business rates. While the findings of an interim report will be published on March 23, the final review will not be completed until the autumn. Suren Thiru, the British Chambers of Commerce Head of Economics, criticised the decision and said the issu...

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Chamber NewsBCC Coronavirus survey: cash remains top concern for lockdown-stricken firms across UK

BCC Coronavirus survey: cash remains top concern for lockdown-stricken firms across UK

Results from the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey on the impact of Coronavirus, show businesses have been pushed to the brink by the effect of multiple lockdowns. Among the sobering findings from the survey of more than 1,100 businesses are:Three in every five firms (61%) have seen their revenue from UK customers fall in the last three months Almost a third (31%) of busines...

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Chamber NewsSomerset Chamber CEO supports Great Western Freeport bid

Somerset Chamber CEO supports Great Western Freeport bid

Somerset Chamber CEO Stephen Henagulph has joined business leaders from across the South West to sign an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, outlining their support for a Great Western Freeport bid. Freeports are designated by Government and will have special economic status, operating with little or no tax in order to encourage economic activity. Companies operating with...

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Chamber NewsBank of England publishes quarterly Monetary Policy Report

Bank of England publishes quarterly Monetary Policy Report

The Bank of England has published it's quarterly Monetary Policy Report, which sets out the economic analysis and inflation projections that the Monetary Policy Committee uses to make its interest rate decisions. COVID-19 continues to hit spending, incomes and jobs in the UK. It has put a big strain on UK businesses’ cash flow, and is threatening the livelihoods of many people. The Bank's job ...

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Chamber NewsEconomy shrank but double-dip recession avoided according to latest ONS figures

Economy shrank but double-dip recession avoided according to latest ONS figures

The UK economy shrank by a record 9.9% last year as Coronavirus restrictions hit output but managed to avoid a double-dip recession, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In December, the economy grew by 1.2%, after shrinking by 2.3% in November, as some restrictions eased. Hospitality, car sales and hairdressers recovered some lost ground. Suren Thiru, B...

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Chamber NewsChamber network welcomes new SME Brexit Support Fund

Chamber network welcomes new SME Brexit Support Fund

The Chamber network has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small and medium sized businesses adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ens...

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Chamber NewsBCC Brexit survey: half of  UK exporters report difficulties adapting to changes in EU-UK goods trade  

BCC Brexit survey: half of  UK exporters report difficulties adapting to changes in EU-UK goods trade  

Results from the first major business survey for 2021 by the British Chambers of Commerce on Brexit found that half (49%) of  exporters  are  facing  difficulties  in adapting to the changes in the trade of goods following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on January 1. 2021.   Fieldwork for the survey, which received 1,000 responses, mainly from S...

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