Empowering Local Economies - A Key To UK Prosperity

  • Empowering Local Economies – A Key To UK Prosperity

    20th February 2024

    The British Chambers of Commerce new Local Economy Of The Future report sets out 16 policies that could transform the UK’s growth potential by empowering businesses, communities and local government. Among the crucial changes it recommends are: Devolving more powers to regional and local government so decision-making is closer to…

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  • BCC launch industry-led skills programme to unblock Britain’s planning pressures

    20th February 2024

    The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Aviva, is launching a new five-year industry programme to increase skills and capacity in Local Planning Authorities across the country. The programme will seek to raise £3m to pay for at least 100 people to enter the planning industry to increase planning…

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  • Chancellor Must Outline Sustainable Growth Plan

    20th February 2024

    Among the recommendations in the BCC’s Budget submission are: Government to match industry-led funding of £3m for planning qualifications to help plug the lack of local resource. Ministers should commit to fund business led Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) beyond the current 2025 cut off point to at least 2028.…

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  • Strong Trade In Services Boosts UK Exports

    15th February 2024

    Responding to the latest trade data from the ONS, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The UK had another good year for services exports in 2023, showing the strength of that side of our economy. But there will be concern about the drop…

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  • Economy Toils As Recession Bites

    15th February 2024

    Responding to the ONS’ first GDP estimate for the fourth quarter of 2023, Alex Veitch, Director of Policy and Insight at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “A contraction in GDP for the final quarter of 2023 means the UK economy is in technical recession. Businesses were already under no…

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  • Inflation Remains a Real Concern for Business

    15th February 2024

    Responding to the latest inflation figures from the ONS, Alex Veitch, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Businesses need price stability, so today’s news that inflation remained unchanged in January is welcome. “However, firms consistently tell us inflation is their top concern. In our latest research 58%…

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  • Business Fears Over Number Not Seeking Work 

    13th February 2024

    Responding to the latest labour market data from ONS, Jane Gratton, Deputy Director Public Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Fewer vacancies show the labour market is softening but firms are still reporting difficulties finding skilled staff and the large number of inactive workers is concerning. “To grow…

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  • BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES GATHER AT HEATHROW TO CALL ON CHANCELLOR TO DITCH THE TOURIST TAX

    9th February 2024

    Representatives of British business gathered at Terminal 5, Heathrow today (Monday 5th Feb) to join forces in calling for a new internationally competitive tax-free shopping scheme.  The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Heathrow have today announced the launch of a new campaign urging…

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  • New Framework to Boost Access to Skills and Jobs

    7th February 2024

    The British Chambers of Commerce People and Work report outlines a 10-point plan to boost workforce skills, by supporting people at every stage of their journey through education and employment.  Among the recommendations to politicians are: An industrial strategy that is fit for purpose.  Funding a business support service to…

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  • BCC Welcomes Labour Tax Roadmap Plans

    2nd February 2024

    Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said:    “It is a very tough time for businesses at the moment and they urgently need stability and long-term certainty.    “We welcome today’s announcement from the Shadow Chancellor that she will publish a tax roadmap for business, if…

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