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Commenting on the labour market figures for January 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The marked increase in employment is further evidence that the jobs market remains a major positive for the UK economy. Although some firms report that Brexit uncertainty and recruitment…

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Planning go-ahead for The Coachworks

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019

£650,000 plan to transform disused industrial buildings into food, drink, event space and start-up business hub Planning approval has been granted for The Coachworks in Ashford, an exciting urban design scheme in the heart of the town. Ashford Borough Council’s planning committee last night (16 January) gave the green light to the transformation of land…

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BCC responds to result of meaningful vote

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster…

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Currency Forecast For 2019

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

In parliament tonight The deal is widely expected to be voted down, by a large margin (100+). The Prime Minister is likely to deliver a statement after the vote outcome. We expect her to announce an immediate intention to seek further changes to the withdrawal deal from the EU. Beyond this, our central case is…

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BCC comments on GDP and trade figures

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for November 2018, published by the ONS today, Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Despite a small improvement in GDP growth between October and November, the underlying three-month measure showed an economy that was slowing after what had been…

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Year End Tax Planning Guide 2018-19

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

As we approach the end of the tax year, now is the time to review your tax affairs to ensure that you have taken advantage of all reliefs available to you and have considered some planning opportunities to help reduce your tax bill. The MHA Year End Tax Planning Guide summarises some key tax and…

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Quarterly Economic Survey – Latest Findings Q4 2018

Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

Kent Invicta is one of six Chambers in the South East that are accredited by British Chambers of Commerce. It regularly contributes more than 35% of the South East’s responses to the Quarterly Economic Survey, the largest UK survey of its kind, which is administered on behalf of the BCC by every accredited Chamber. The…

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The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty…

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New Retail Park for Ashford

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans for a new retail park featuring homeware brand The Range. The 35,000 square foot store will be joined by a drive-through Costa Coffee, a vets and five other retail outlets. The 4.37 hectare site is located next to John Lewis at Home on Fougeres Way (A20), near…

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British business says no to no-deal in 100 days’ time

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

The UK’s five leading business groups, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people, today unite and call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29th March. “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs…

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