Latest news from the British Chambers of Commerce

BCC comments on inflation statistics for December 2017

16 January 2018 - 9:56am
Commenting on the inflation statistics for December, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC: Immigration policy must support business

15 January 2018 - 12:12pm
Commenting on the Home Affairs Committee’s report on immigration policy, published today, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC responds to Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence

15 January 2018 - 11:17am
The BCC submitted its response to the MAC's Call for Evidence

Q4 2017 Quarterly Economic Survey

10 January 2018 - 1:30am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Wednesday 10 January) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey. Based on the responses of over 7,000 businesses, the survey shows that growth in the UK economy remains subdued, with almost all services indicators below their pre-EU referendum levels and the strong performance of manufacturers easing slightly in the final quarter of 2017. The findings of the survey indicate the skills shortages are reaching critical levels. Of the service sector firms hiring, the percentage of firms reporting recruitment difficulties rose to 71%, the highest since records began. In manufacturing, the percentage of recruiting firms reporting greater difficulties is at its highest since Q4 2016. In the manufacturing sector, the proportion of firms reporting improved export sales and orders fell slightly compared to the previous quarter. The indicators for domestic sales, employment expectations, recruitment and confidence in turnover are also lower than in the previous quarter. In the service sector, a key driver of the UK economy, growth remains muted and relatively unchanged from the previous three months, and is below historic averages. The proportion of firms confident that turnover and profitability will improve in the next year decreased, and firms reporting improved cashflow remains low.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Skills shortage biggest risk for business

10 January 2018 - 12:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey.

BCC International Trade Survey 2017: Trading with Europe

27 December 2017 - 4:02pm
On 27 December 2017, BCC, in partnership with DHL, released the results of its recent survey which finds that UK businesses regard Europe as their primary trading partner for the coming years.

BCC: Securing a business-friendly trade deal with EU must be New Year priority

27 December 2017 - 2:15am
BCC and DHL release latest trade survey, focusing on priority markets for businesses over the next few years.

BCC comments on broadband announcement

20 December 2017 - 1:04pm
Commenting on the announcement by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, that high speed broadband is to become a legal right, Fiona Krasniqi, digital spokesperson for the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

EU Council: Joint statement from five business groups

15 December 2017 - 2:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Indistry, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors comment on the statement from the EU Council.

BCC comments on labour market statistics December 2017

13 December 2017 - 10:08am
Commenting on the labour market statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC and six national Chambers across Europe urge politicians: move talks to transition and trade now

11 December 2017 - 11:06am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today joined with national Chamber organisations from six countries bordering the North Sea, to call for the swift commencement of transition and trade talks in the Brexit negotiations.

BCC forecast: Uncertainty constraining UK economic growth

11 December 2017 - 12:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its three-year outlook for the UK economy, cutting growth expectations from 1.6% to 1.5% in 2017, from 1.2% to 1.1% in 2018, and from 1.4% to 1.3% in 2019.

Working with employers to help close the pension savings gap

8 December 2017 - 2:07pm
Scottish Widows discusses how to help employers close the pensions savings gap.

BCC: Business cheers negotiations breakthrough in Brussels – and urges swift start to trade talks

8 December 2017 - 3:15am
Director General Adam Marshall comments on the news that the UK and the EU have reached an agreement to conclude the first phase of Brexit talks.

BCC International Trade Survey 2017: Currency Volatility

7 December 2017 - 9:46am
On 7 December 2017, BCC, in partnership with American Express, releases the results of its recent survey which finds the majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs.

BCC: Currency volatility compounding cost pressures for many businesses

7 December 2017 - 12:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today releases the results of its survey, in partnership with American Express, which finds the majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs.

Business groups and TUC issue joint statement on EU citizens' rights

6 December 2017 - 4:23pm
The British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, TUC, FSB and EEF have made a joint plea to guarantee the rights of EU and UK citizens before Christmas.

BCC comments on today’s Brexit statements

4 December 2017 - 5:01pm
Commenting following Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and wider developments in the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

BCC: Planning system must work better for business

4 December 2017 - 2:15pm
The planning system in England is more complex, costly and difficult for business than it was five years ago, according to a major report published by the British Chambers of Commerce.

BCC: Planning system must work better for business

4 December 2017 - 12:15am
The planning system in England is more complex, costly and difficult for business than it was five years ago, according to a major report published today (Monday) by the British Chambers of Commerce.

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