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BCC: Mental health at work now becoming less taboo, say BCC and Aviva

Latest findings reveal Almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of staff taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by leading business organisation British Chambers of Commerce, and Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer. One in three (33%) business leaders have also noticed an increase in the length of time that staff are

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Written on August 7, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Media

UK set for pay rise, says BCC and Indeed

One in two businesses (50%) are set to grant staff pay rises of over 2% in the next year, according to a new survey by leading business organisation British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and online recruitment company Indeed. The survey, of over 1,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors, reveals that 6% of firms will increase pay by more than

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Written on August 2, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in BCC, Chamber News

BCC comments on inflation figures

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 of items, including clothing. “The

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Written on July 18, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Policy

BCC: business alarm on potential Brexit VAT bombshell

Commenting on the passage of amendments to the Customs Bill, which commit the government to fully separating the UK from the EU VAT regime, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “This is the first view businesses have on what the VAT regime could be like after Brexit – and it doesn’t look pretty. “A separate

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Written on July 17, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in BCC, Brexit, Chamber News, Policy

BCC: UK wage growth undermined by poor productivity

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 is disappointing. This means that

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Written on July 17, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Policy

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, Economy, Media, News

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, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, 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