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BCC comments on inflation figures

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

Commenting on the inflation statistics for June 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation was unchanged in June for the second successive month, with the upward price pressure from higher fuel costs offset by falling prices for a number…

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Training and flexible working key to staff retention

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

Aside from staff pay, firms are more likely to increase their investment in training, and introduce more flexible working practices, in order to retain staff, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and recruitment company Indeed. The survey, of over 1,000 businesspeople across all sizes and sectors, shows that just under…

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BCC: UK Wage Growth Undermined by Poor Productivity

Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

Commenting on the labour market figures for July 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Robust jobs growth, together with another drop-in unemployment, is further evidence of the continued strength of the UK labour market. “The second successive slowdown in regular pay growth…

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Brachers supports Action Mesothelioma Day 2018

Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Event raises awareness of asbestos-related disease prevalent in Kent and Medway area An action day held on 6 July  to commemorate victims of mesothelioma has received strong support from professionals, campaigners and victims, as Medway remains one of the areas worst affected by the disease. Organised by leading law firm Brachers, Alan McKenna of the…

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Over half of UK businesses did not attempt to access finance in the last year One-in-two businesses that did seek finance did so because of cash flow Investment intentions are focused on incremental investments Over half of UK businesses have not attempted to apply for finance over the past year amid limited investment intentions and…

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Tuesday) published the two-dozen top real-world questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the UK – and says the government has managed to make limited progress on just 2 of the 23 issues where clarity is urgently needed so that firms can plan their trade following…

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Commenting ahead of the European Council meeting, where Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address other EU leaders tonight (Thursday), Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While businesses won’t get the clarity and certainty they had sought from this European Council meeting, a new sense of momentum…

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BCC: Firms in the Dark on Customs Declarations

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Commenting on the publication of the NAO report on the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Delivering CDS in time for March 2019 was always going to be an ambitious project, and it is perhaps unsurprising, although concerning, that it has been necessary…

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Commenting on the vote to approve expansion at Heathrow Airport, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Finally! Business has been waiting years for decisive, cross-party action in the national interest – and decades for the expansion of our main gateway to the world. “Now that Heathrow expansion finally has…

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Introduction What is the Big Conversation? We want to find out if there is a better, more sustainable way of providing transport to rural communities not currently served by commercial operators. We are working with our partners and communities across Kent to identify potential ideas to develop new ways of delivering rural transport.This is an…

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