Latest news from the British Chambers of Commerce

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

20 April 2018 - 1:15am
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.

BCC: Reform needed to make Apprenticeship Levy fit for purpose

19 April 2018 - 10:00am
Speaking today (Thursday) at the Apprenticeships Conference in London, Jane Gratton, Head of Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), will warn about the need for reform of the Apprenticeship Levy to make it workable for business.

BCC comments on inflation statistics for March 2018

18 April 2018 - 10:57am
Commenting on the inflation statistics for March 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC: Action needed to sustain increases in real wages

17 April 2018 - 10:10am
Commenting on the labour market figures for April 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

Business Brexit Checklist

13 April 2018 - 3:52pm
The British Chambers of Commerce has created a Business Brexit checklist to help businesses consider the changes that leaving the EU may bring to their firm.

Q1 2018 Quarterly Economic Survey

12 April 2018 - 2:00am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Thursday 11 April) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey. Based on the responses of over 7,100 businesses, the survey shows that UK economic growth remained subdued in the first quarter of 2018, despite a strong export performance. In the service sector, a key driver of the UK economy, the proportion of firms reporting improved export sales and orders rose slightly, although overall growth remains muted and relatively unchanged from the previous three months. Consumer-facing industries continue to report tougher trading conditions than B2B firms. In the manufacturing sector, the proportion of firms reporting improved export sales stands at its highest since Q2 2014. However, domestic factors continue to weigh on the UK economy. Fewer firms in the manufacturing sector saw an increase in domestic orders, and the balance of firms reporting an increase in domestic sales is now at its lowest level since Q4 2016. Tighter cash flow is an increasing concern for many, and the skills shortages that have plagued businesses for the last few quarters have failed to ease significantly, with those in both sectors still struggling to recruit.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: UK economy treading water despite export boost

12 April 2018 - 1:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Thursday) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey.

BCC: Government must establish permanent dialogue with business on future trade deals

11 April 2018 - 1:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is today (Wednesday) intensifying its call for the UK Government to establish a formal, permanent dialogue with business, consumer and civil society organisations to ensure that trade negotiations - including those on Brexit - draw on the detailed knowledge, expertise and experience of the private and third sector.

BCC welcomes Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce into Network

10 April 2018 - 12:01pm
The British Chambers of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has passed the accreditation process, to become the 53rd Accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

BCC: Clear focus of aviation strategy welcome, but pace needed

7 April 2018 - 1:15am
Commenting on the government’s response to the call for evidence on a new Aviation Strategy, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC: UK infrastructure not meeting the needs of business

3 April 2018 - 1:15am
Over a third of businesses don’t believe that the UK’s road and rail networks are meeting their needs, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce, released today (Tuesday).

BCC: National Living Wage increases are a delicate balancing act

1 April 2018 - 1:30am
Commenting on the increase in the National Living Wage (NLW), the British Chambers of Commerce said it was important to help low paid workers deal with the consequences of inflation without pricing people out of jobs.

No More Not Spots

29 March 2018 - 1:25pm
The BBC has launched its campaign for No More Not Spots, to end not spots for voice coverage for UK phone users where they live, work, travel and play.

BCC: Work needed to reverse fall in apprenticeships

29 March 2018 - 10:39am
Commenting on the Apprenticeship Levy statistics, published today by the Department for Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC: UK and EU must now deliver answers to practical questions

23 March 2018 - 1:23pm
Commenting on the European Council’s endorsement of the transition period, and the progression of talks towards a future EU-UK trading relationship, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC comments on labour market statistics March 2018

21 March 2018 - 10:10am
Commenting on the labour market figures for March 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

BCC comments on inflation figures for February 2018

20 March 2018 - 2:30am
Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the fall in inflation to 2.7%.

BCC launches ‘No More Not Spots’ campaign

20 March 2018 - 12:00am
Today (Tuesday) the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launches its campaign for ‘No More Not Spots’, with the aim of ending not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

BCC: Business welcomes milestone agreement on Brexit transition period

19 March 2018 - 12:38pm
Commenting on the agreement of a ‘status quo’ transition period by UK and EU27 Brexit negotiators, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

BCC forecast: UK economy remains subdued despite uplift from strong global growth

19 March 2018 - 12:15am
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) upgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, raising its forecast for GDP from 1.1% to 1.4% in 2018 and from 1.3% to 1.5% for 2019, and its first forecasts for 2020 is for 1.6% growth.

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