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Chamber NewsBCC: Strong employment figures but key challenges remain

BCC: Strong employment figures but key challenges remain

Commenting on the labour market statistics for June, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With employment continuing to rise and unemployment falling, the UK jobs market remains on a firm footing. “However, the strong headline figures mask some significant concerns. The gap between pay and pric...

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Chamber NewsChief Executive opinion piece - 'MP’s and the Government must listen!'

Chief Executive opinion piece - 'MP’s and the Government must listen!'

Dale Edwards, Cheif Executive of Somerset Chamber, has composed an opinion piece following the result of the 2017 General Election. Here, Dale outlines his thoughts on recent events, and calls for MP’s and the Government to listen to the voice of the people. They say a week is a long time in politics, and last week certainly was. Along with many others I suspect, I have been mulling over the ev...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Inflationary pressures continue to mount for business

BCC: Inflationary pressures continue to mount for business

Commenting on the inflation statistics for May 2017, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation rose for the second successive month, confirming that price growth is firmly on an upward trend. The rise in May mostly reflects increasing prices for recreational and cultural goods and services in ...

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Chamber NewsGovernment must quickly regroup and refocus, says Somerset Chamber

Government must quickly regroup and refocus, says Somerset Chamber

Somerset Chamber has highlighted the need for an urgent refocus on business and the economy following the General Election result, saying there has been “too much talk and not enough action” in recent times. The election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament, with the Conservatives being the largest party but unable to secure a majority government. Chairman Greg Saunders said, “This is t...

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Chamber NewsThe Somerset Business Awards are open for business

The Somerset Business Awards are open for business

Launching today, the prestigious Somerset Business Awards are now open for business – from Wednesday 1 June 2017. Returning by popular demand, the 13th edition of the Somerset Business Awards launches today, inviting businesses of all shapes and sizes to enter its 14 categories. New for 2017, the Somerset Business Awards organisers, the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to announce two ...

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Chamber NewsBrexit process must take into account the practical implications for business

Brexit process must take into account the practical implications for business

As the General Election draws closer, this week the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are looking at the final ask of the Chamber manifesto – Brexit. Please find below a blog from Ashley Shackleton, Head of Public Affairs for the BCC.The UK’s decision last June to leave the European Union has enormous consequences for all of us – for businesses this means leaving an institution that ha...

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Chamber NewsBacking business to drive long-term growth

Backing business to drive long-term growth

For UK businesses to the deliver the jobs, growth and investment needed to secure our long-term economic future, they need a competitive environment here at home. However, as we approach yet another General Election, the UK continues to lag behind its international competitors. While corporation tax is decreasing, businesses remain disappointed at the lack of action on the high up-front taxes an...

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Chamber NewsBCC reaction to Conservative Party Manifesto

BCC reaction to Conservative Party Manifesto

Commenting on the Conservative Party Manifesto, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A number of the headline commitments in the Conservative Party’s manifesto will be welcomed by business communities around the UK. If delivered, pledges to overhaul the broken business rates system, to deliver better digital and mobile connectivity, and to focus...

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Chamber NewsBCC comments on Labour manifesto

BCC comments on Labour manifesto

Commenting on the Labour Party Manifesto, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “High personal taxation, sweeping nationalisation and deep intervention in business decision-making are not the hallmarks of an ambitious and enterprising society. Taken together, some of the headline propositions in the Labour Party manifesto will give business communit...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Inflation continues to bite as price pressures mount

BCC: Inflation continues to bite as price pressures mount

Commenting on the inflation statistics for April 2017, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “As expected, inflation resumed its upward trend in April, after holding steady in March. April’s increase was largely due to higher air fares, which were pushed up by the timing of Easter falling during th...

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Chamber NewsChamber Manifesto spotlight: International Trade

Chamber Manifesto spotlight: International Trade

Please see below a blog post from BCC’s Senior Trade Policy Manager, Anastassia Beliakova.The nuts and bolts of a model for Brexit The Norway model. The Swiss model. The Turkish model. A CETA (the EU-Canada trade deal) inspired Free Trade Agreement. What kind of deal can the UK strike with the EU? And can businesses prepare for one of these options – or even for the possibility of leaving...

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Chamber NewsUK National Cyber Security Centre issues new statement on cyber attack

UK National Cyber Security Centre issues new statement on cyber attack

MESSAGE FROM NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE (NCSC): Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind.  But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not...

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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 Bank of England’s latest projections point to little change in outlook for the UK economy, compared to their February report, with only a slight downgrade for 2017.  Significantly, the central ban...

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Chamber NewsBCC: Widening trade deficit highlights UK’s economic imbalances

BCC: Widening trade deficit highlights UK’s economic imbalances

Commenting on the trade statistics for March 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The sharp deterioration in the UK’s net trade position means that trade is likely to have been a drag on UK growth in the first quarter of the year, following a strong performance in the previous quarter. This deterioration reflects a s...

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Chamber NewsEconomic survey results releaved at Somerset Chamber breakfast

Economic survey results releaved at Somerset Chamber breakfast

Somerset’s first Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) Breakfast Briefing took place on Wednesday 3 May, highlighting the regional findings from Q1 2017 of the British Chambers’ national business barometer. Business people from across the county attended the event at Tangier Central in Taunton, which was organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce and chartered accountants PKF Francis Clark. John En...

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