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2019 Campaign Wins & Stats

As one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the national affiliated network, we have been involved in many of the campaigns of the last 12 months led by the British Chambers of Commerce. We continue to liaise closely with the BCC, identifying both regional and national issues on which we can work together, and providing evidence and case studies

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Written on January 3, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2019: UK economy stagnating as service sector slows

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey reveals that the UK ended 2019 in stagnation, amid long term uncertainty, rising business costs and a slowing global economy. The latest results of the survey – which is the largest of its kind in the UK and a leading indicator of GDP growth – found protracted weakness across most indicators of economic health

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Written on January 2, 2020Marketing. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy

BCC Reaction to Queen’s Speech

The British Chambers of Commerce has reacted to the new government’s Queen’s Speech “The government’s legislative plans will give businesses some encouragement that Westminster is finally starting to think about growth and investment again, but the real test will be in the detail that follows. “From now on, soundbites can be no substitute for the daily grind of good government. Attention must return to the details that matter, and the government must

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Written on December 19, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Political parties must restore confidence, Chamber says

Put confidence back in business, parties told Boosting business confidence and avoiding a no-deal Brexit need to be at the heart of party manifestos in the General Election. This is the call of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The business support organisation has been working with its national network, the British Chambers of Commerce, which has set out

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Written on November 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Queen’s Speech: British Chambers’ reaction

BCC comments on the Queen’s Speech Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for businesses facing Brexit uncertainty, global headwinds and a UK economy in

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Written on October 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Policy, York

Brexit ‘no deal’ guidance still lacking detail, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce has published an evaluation of government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.   BCC has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a

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Written on September 20, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

BCC: Growth Expectations Downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce has today (Monday 16/09/19) released its latest economic forecast, downgrading growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.2% (from 1.3%) and to 0.8% (from 1.0%) for 2020. Our GDP growth forecast of 1.2% remains unchanged for 2021. While the leading business group expects that the UK economy will avoid a technical recession and return

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Written on September 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Success for BCC campaign to simplify trade procedures as Government acts to issue EORI numbers

Commenting on the announcement that the government will act on the BCC’s call to automatically issue businesses with an EORI number, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, of the British Chambers of Commerce said:     “This step is long overdue, yet welcome nonetheless. We have campaigned for many months for government to issue EORI numbers to businesses, rather than simply wait for them

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Written on August 21, 2019Marketing. Published in BCC, News

Recruitment appetite still strong, says BCC survey

The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Totaljobs, finds that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019, while difficulties finding suitable staff eased, but remain high by historic standards. 60% of businesses attempted to recruit in the previous three months, up from 53% in Q1. 64% struggled to find the right

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Written on July 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York

New Prime Minister – BCC comment

Commenting on the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership contest and will be the next Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The message from business communities around the UK couldn’t be clearer: the time for campaigning is over—and we need you to get down to business. Companies need

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Written on July 24, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York