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BCC: Inflation continues on its downward path

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Commenting on the inflation statistics for April 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation surprisingly slowed in April with the main downward pressure to the rate coming from air fares, as a result of the timing of Easter, compared…

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Commenting on the Apprenticeship statistics released today by the Department of Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Since the introduction of the apprenticeship reforms, the statistics have shown a marked decline in the number of apprenticeship starts and, sadly, the latest numbers are no different. “Businesses are crying…

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Commenting on the labour market figures for May 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With unemployment declining and employment levels continuing to rise, the latest data confirms that the labour market remains a bright spot for the UK economy. However, while the…

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BCC: Comments on Bank of England’s Super Thursday

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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 decision to keep interest rates on hold, while unsurprising, was the right decision given the loss of momentum suffered by the UK economy in the…

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South-east charity, CXK, is appealing for professionals from across south and east Kent to support a series of events designed to improve the skills and employability of local young people. CXK is looking for business contacts to take part in Dragons Den-style events as part of its National Citizen Service (NCS) youth empowerment programme. The…

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Top 20 UK accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, which has offices in Canterbury and Maidstone, has appointed Alyson Howard as a partner.  Alyson specialises in the education and not-for-profit sectors and joins MHA MacIntyre Hudson as part of the firm’s strategy to grow its specialist sector teams. Alyson has been at the cutting edge of…

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Kent based digital agency and educational specialist, mso, has announced that it has successfully trademarked its leading online parent-school communications platform, My School Portal. Launched three years ago, My School Portal was developed in close collaboration with some of the UK’s leading Independent Schools, including Rugby and Eton. It is now used by more than…

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Speaking at the British Standards Institution’s BSI Standards Forum, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), will today (Thursday) warn against allowing a ‘proxy war’ over a Customs Union to overshadow other crucial aspects of Brexit negotiations – including the UK’s future approach to standards, which will have a major…

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New research by the British Chambers of Commerce, released today (Monday), in partnership with the Port of Dover, finds that over a third (36%) of traders rely on the just-in-time delivery of material and components, but that many are not preparing for changes to customs procedures after Brexit. Infrastructure Survey Fact Sheet >> The survey,…

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Commenting on the GDP figures for Q1 2018, released today by the ONS, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Sadly, the latest GDP figures confirm what we have been saying for some time: the UK is stuck in the global growth slow lane, while other countries race ahead….

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