News & Blog

Read the latest business news, blogs and thought leadership articles from our members, as well as updates on the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce's work in the city.

News & Blog
  • Recession Expected To End But Growth Will Be Weak

    1st March 2024

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Forecast has slightly upgraded growth expectations for 2024 and 2025, as the recession lasts just two quarters, but strong growth will remain elusive.      UK Economic Outlook             The UK economy is expected to grow every year until the end of 2026…

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  • Lumo in discussions to operate Glasgow services

    28th February 2024

    FirstGroup, the leading private sector transport operator, today announces that its popular open access rail service Lumo is in discussions with Transport Scotland and Network Rail to extend some of its London-Edinburgh trains to and from Glasgow. Having identified opportunities to extend a number of daily journeys to and from…

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  • Wasps open the doors of Granton to creatives and entrepreneurs

    23rd February 2024

    Granton Station is buzzing again as a hub for creatives and entrepreneurs after its £4.75million restoration led by arts charity Wasps and the City of Edinburgh Council. The rebirth will support 40 jobs and help 100 grow their businesses, while community exhibition and event spaces create potential to attract thousands…

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  • FORMER MACDONALD HOLYROOD HOTEL RELAUNCHES AS EDINBURGH MARRIOTT HOTEL HOLYROOD AFTER £10M REFURBISHMENT

    21st February 2024

    The former established Holyrood Hotel has relaunched today as Edinburgh Marriott Hotel Holyrood, marking the completion of an extensive £10m refurbishment. The hotel, which has been a long-standing fixture in Edinburgh’s historic old town as a Macdonald Hotels’ property, has been seamlessly integrated into Marriott’s global portfolio of over 30 extraordinary…

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  • EICC reports record revenue and profit for 2023

    20th February 2024

    EICC increased revenue to £12.8m and profit to £2.6m during the year Economic impact, which relates to the direct benefit of conferences and events taking place at the EICC to Edinburgh and the surrounding region, totalled £58m The venue hosted over 132,000 delegates and visitors in 2023 Edinburgh, 20 February…

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  • Jeremy Doherty appointed new Arup Edinburgh Office Leader

    20th February 2024

    Global engineering and sustainable development consultancy recently appointed digital expert Jeremy Doherty as its new Edinburgh officer leader. Jeremy has over 17 years’ experience managing and delivering a wide range of digital technology, engineering, energy, and environmental projects, specialising in those using innovative technologies and data, seeking out major challenges…

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  • Investing in our staff’s mental health with new programme aimed at family wellbeing

    20th February 2024

    Two-thirds of parents in the UK are worried about their children’s mental health. And rightly so, as 1 in 6 children in the UK are experiencing mental health problems. When children are anxious and stressed, parents are often anxious and stressed. That’s why at Edinburgh Leisure, we’re taking a whole…

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  • 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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