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Economic Forecast: Growth to weaken

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday 18 June) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at 1.3% (from 1.4%) which, if realised, will be the weakest calendar year growth since 2009, when the economy was in the throes of the global financial crisis. The BCC has also downgraded its GDP

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Written on June 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

10-point plan to reform apprenticeship levy

Developing workforce skills

The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has published a 10-point-plan aimed at government and business, to reform the Apprenticeship Levy system. Upon publication of the plan, BCC said: “Addressing the growing skills gap is a joint responsibility for business, government and the education sector. Companies themselves must do more to invest in training,

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, York

Monthly Economic Review: June 2018

The latest monthly economic review (June 2018), produced by the British Chambers of Commerce, is available to download here. This month’s headlines are as follows: •             UK GDP growth in Q1 2018 unrevised as business investment declines. •             UK labour market remains a bright spot but productivity falls in Q1. •             GDP growth slows in the US and the Eurozone

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Written on June 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Brexit Checklist available

A ‘Brexit Checklist’ is now available for businesses thanks to the Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with the British Chambers of Commerce, we have produced a handy document that should serve businesses well as the Government continues to negotiate its way towards Brexit. The document is available here. Also, BCC has commented on the latest progress to be made on

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Written on March 20, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Poor mobile connectivity? Let us know

Businesses are being asked to provide details of where there is current poor mobile phone connectivity. The Chamber network across the UK is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering mobile networks to identify coverage challenges and work through solutions to improve poor mobile connectivity. ‘Not-spots’ and areas of partial ‘not-spots’ hamper businesses

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Written on March 20, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Chamber network reacts to government immigration statement

Commenting on the Home Office’s statement on UK immigration policy during the planned transition period following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Adam Marshall  of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The BCC has long campaigned for an immigration system that supports the economy, so the UK government’s unilateral offer of rights for EU nationals during the transition

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Written on February 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, News, Skills

Chamber in Brexit talks with government officials

Chamber of Commerce members have received an update from officials from the Department for International Trade on the work going on behind the scenes to process Brexit. Officials met with two dozen businesses from West & North Yorkshire recently (January 2018), and heard about their hopes and fears, aswell as opportunities and challenges. The civil servants were keen to reassure

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Written on February 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Government warned on lack of unity on Brexit

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Prime Minister, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the Government’s objectives in relation to Brexit. The letter, from Director-General Adam Marshall & President Francis Martin, urges the Government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses can make decisions for the future.

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Written on February 7, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

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