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Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit

Friday 14th December, 2018

In the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, commercial drivers will need extra documentation to drive in the EU and EEA. UK commercial drivers and haulage companies transporting goods abroad. Community licences and ECMT permits. Currently, UK lorry drivers carrying out international journeys must have a…

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BCC: Time to put political games to bed

Thursday 13th December, 2018

Commenting on the confidence vote in the Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With news that the Prime Minister remains in place, business communities will hope that these political games can finally be put to bed. Westminster must now focus all its energy on urgently giving…

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Commenting on the news that the Prime Minister will face a vote of no confidence, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “At one of the most pivotal moments for the UK economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than…

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BCC comments on labour market figures

Tuesday 11th December, 2018

Commenting on the labour market figures for December 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While the latest data confirms that the UK jobs market remains in good shape, the second successive rise in unemployment, coupled with a decline in the number of people who are not seeking work,…

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Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on delaying Parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Firms are looking on with utter dismay at the ongoing saga in Westminster, and express concern that politicians are…

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Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for October 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The latest GDP data is further evidence that the drag effect of persistent Brexit uncertainty and the significant cost pressures faced by consumers and businesses is taking…

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The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL, today (Sunday) publishes its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook, based on survey and export documentation data. It finds that as the clock ticks ever closer to Brexit, a combination of exchange rates and price pressures is forcing exporters to increase prices. The survey, of over 2,500…

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Commenting on the publication of the policy paper by DExEU on the rights of EU citizens in the UK in the event of no deal, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “While it is long overdue, businesses and EU citizens in the UK will welcome the…

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Maidstone Borough Council has appointed a new acting Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to replace Dawn Hudd, who leaves for Medway Council at the end of November. John Foster, who currently holds the post of  Regeneration and  Economic Development Manager, joined the council’s Economic Development team in 2006. He will take up the post…

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Picturehouse Cinemas sees the exciting opening of the new Ashford Picturehouse in Elwick Place bringing a state-of-the-art six-screen cinema, bar, cafe and restaurant to the community. “Picturehouse is delighted to be bringing a neighbourhood cinema to the thriving town of Ashford. We’re working hard to become the hub for all those that want to see…

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