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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Commenting on the labour market figures for November 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The slight increase in the unemployment rate suggests that the UK jobs market may be starting to falter under the weight of persistent Brexit uncertainty and chronic skills shortages. While the number of people in work remains ...read more
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Friday, November 09, 2018
Commenting on the first estimate of GDP for Q3 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said  “While the pick-up in GDP growth in the third quarter is welcome, the stronger headline figure masks a loss of momentum through the quarter from the particularly strong July outturn, when a number of temporary factors, including ...read more
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Thursday, November 08, 2018
On Wednesday 7th November Devon and Plymouth Chamber, in partnership with St Luke’s Hospice, hosted a Crunchy Breakfast to launch the call to other businesses to join the Chamber in working towards Plymouth becoming an accredited Compassionate City.  The Chamber has pledged its support to the Compassionate City project which brings together Plymouth City Council, St Luke’s Hospice and many other ...read more
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Could your business feature as a case study? Small Business Saturday is planned for 1st December and the Cabinet Office will be showing their support again this year, and in the buildup they plan to celebrate small businesses across the South West as well as letting them know about what free government support is available. The four themed weeks are as follows: W/c 5 Nov: Business EnvironmentW/c ...read more
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Friday, November 02, 2018
On Thursday 6th December, Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a unique Christmas networking event, taking a light-hearted view on how we are all surviving Brexit so far.   With the uncertainty around Brexit at this current time, this event will provide businesses with the opportunity to come together to celebrate the festive season and to network around this topical subject. ...read more
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Giving his initial reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “In an atmosphere of unprecedented uncertainty and heightened political noise, the Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth.  “The Chancellor responded directly ...read more
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Giving his reaction to the Autumn Budget 2018, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “In an atmosphere of unprecedented uncertainty and heightened political noise, the Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth.  “The Chancellor responded directly to the BCC’s ...read more
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Monday, October 29, 2018
Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Monday, the British Chambers of Commerce is urging the Chancellor to take bold measures to bolster business investment, competitiveness and productivity in the face of Brexit headwinds.  The leading business group, which represents almost 75,000 companies employing six million people across the UK, is warning that a ‘business as usual’ approach to this Budget simply ...read more
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Monday, October 29, 2018
Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals for the high street in the upcoming Autumn Budget, Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns, at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “We’re delighted that the Chancellor has heeded our calls to abandon the uprating of business rates for the high street for the next two years, and gone further by cutting bills for the vast ...read more
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
BCC convenes a meeting with DEXEU Secretary Dominic Raab and seven Northern European Chambers of CommerceThe group collectively represents regions and nations that cover 70% of UK-EU trade – around £344bn in 2016Recent research by BCC shows a fifth of businesses will move part or all of their business to the EU in the event of a no-deal BrexitAt a meeting today (Thursday) with Brexit Secretary ...read more
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  Did you know that Chamber members receive an ongoing 10% discount under the WPA Enterprise Flexible Benefits Scheme?   For additional information, please contact Jacqui Shaw from Coralline Health on 01803 855210  
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Plymouth is working towards becoming an accredited Compassionate City, which will see the city council, St Luke’s Hospice and many other organisations working together to build emotional resilience in our community and ensure that the city is as compassionate a place to live and work as possible, for people nearing the end of their life as well as those left behind grieving. The notion of ...read more
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Monday, October 22, 2018
The Plymouth Area Business Council dinner will celebrate its 20th year this year.  Not only will the dinner mark the organisation’s long association with the armed forces based in Plymouth, the event being again held in the Royal Marine barracks in Stonehouse, but also the association with and support from the city’s University. Richard Stevens, Chairman of the Plymouth Area Business Council ...read more
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Half of businesses surveyed say that Brexit is making it difficult to decide whether to import or export, hampering British tradeVolatility of sterling is also causing concernBCC has long been calling for clarity for business on the practical questions over BrexitThe BCC International Trade Summit takes place today at etc venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London A survey by British Chambers of Commerce, in ...read more
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Commenting on the inflation statistics for September 2018, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Inflation slowed for the first time since April, with food and non-alcoholic drinks placing the largest downward pressure on price growth in September. “Inflation’s trajectory is likely to fluctuate ...read more
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Following on from the recent Board electionsannounced at the Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, we are pleased to announce that two of our current directors have also been nominated as vice chairs, as our new CEO Stuart Elford also takes up his position. Congratulations to Donna Barnes and Carolyn Giles who have now taken up their positions working alongside the ...read more
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Commenting on the labour market figures for October 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “With UK employment high by historic standards and unemployment continuing to fall, the latest figures paint a positive picture of the UK jobs market.     “While wage growth increased again, the pace at which pay growth is ...read more
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Monday, October 15, 2018
SW Rail Enforcement for Our Future Closing the gap is the Peninsula Rail Task Force plan to achieve Government investment in our rail network. With this investment, we have the potential for huge growth in the South West.  This investment is so vital that we do not see the disruption to rail services as seen in 2014. This caused big losses to our businesses in Plymouth and throughout the ...read more
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Friday, October 12, 2018
Commenting on the latest tranche of technical notices to advise businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Firms will welcome the additional information provided in the final batch of technical notices, yet many questions remain unanswered. These highlight the urgency and importance of the UK government and ...read more
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Friday, October 12, 2018
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Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Commenting on the government’s post-Brexit immigration plans, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “Businesses have been waiting with great impatience for more detail on the UK’s future immigration policy, and many will have decidedly mixed views about the Prime Minister’s plans.   “First impressions matter to business, and our companies will ...read more
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Monday, October 01, 2018
Commenting ahead of the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Philip Hammond is setting the right mood music by highlighting that it is business that drives prosperity and growth for everyone. While businesses will welcome the Chancellor’s pro-enterprise tone, they will be looking to his ...read more
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Monday, October 01, 2018
Commenting on the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “After a period where many in business have felt that their concerns have not been centre stage in Westminster, firms will be heartened by the Chancellor’s forthright support for business as the foundation of both a strong economy and a ...read more
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Friday, September 28, 2018
•10 city regions shortlisted for share of £1.7 billion fund to overhaul transport links between suburbs and city centres•Plymouth, Norwich and Sheffield amongst ten more city regions set to benefit •£60 million available in the coming year to kick start transport upgrades•Better transport links will mean more well-paid jobs and opportunities for people  Communities across the UK will benefit from ...read more
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Friday, September 28, 2018
One of the biggest surveys of business intentions since the EU referendum has found that nearly two-thirds of firms still aren’t preparing for Brexit – and in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome many would cut investment and recruitment plans.  With just six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce is calling for UK ministers to redouble their efforts to reach an ...read more
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
"Firms will welcome the Prime Minister’s message to the world that the UK is open for business. However, what our business communities need is concrete action, not just warm words. “While the message was positive, corporation tax is far from the only concern facing Britain’s businesses and investors at this time. Companies want to see bold measures to boost the domestic business environment, and ...read more
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Commenting on the Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey’s speech at Labour Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Our business communities tell us over and over that high streets send an important signal about their areas. If high streets look like ghost towns, local confidence and investment both take a knock. “It is ...read more
Categories: Press Release, Chamber
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Commenting on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP’s speech at the Labour Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While there were some bright spots, Jeremy Corbyn missed a golden opportunity to extend an olive branch to British business, big and small alike. “Labour must work more closely with businesses to transform the economy to the ...read more
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Commenting on the latest tranche of technical notices to advise businesses in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While some businesses will be reassured by some of the details in these notices, such as around IP protection and geographical indications, the admission that loss of market access is a ...read more
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Monday, September 24, 2018
Commenting on the Labour Party’s proposals ahead of the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s speech at the Labour Party Conference, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Let no one be fooled. Labour’s proposals are both a tax grab and an unprecedented overreach into the way many of our businesses are run. This is a missed opportunity to reassure ...read more
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Monday, September 24, 2018
In the midst of party conference season, the British Chambers of Commerce has challenged the two leading UK political parties to put a stop to Westminster in-fighting and point-scoring – and prioritise action in the national interest in the face of Brexit uncertainty and slowing economic growth. The call from the leading business group – which represents 75,000 companies employing nearly six ...read more
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Monday, September 24, 2018
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Commenting on the labour market figures for September 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The continued drop in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains a bright spot, with firms continuing to hire despite significant economic uncertainty. “However, the robust ...read more
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on overseas students, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Business communities around the UK will be bitterly disappointed not to see support for the removal of overseas students from the immigration statistics. We have been calling for the removal of international students ...read more
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Today (Monday 10th September) sees the Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce team relocate from its Georgian city centre premises in Lockyer Street to a modern office building at Unit 5, Derriford Business Park, Brest Road, Plymouth PL6 5QZ.  The spacious office unit at Derriford Business Park will give the Chamber room to develop and expand its member services and activities in the future, as ...read more
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Friday, August 31, 2018
The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL, today (Friday) publishes its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook, based on survey and documentation data from UK exporters. The Outlook indicates that many exporters are performing well but economic and political factors are weighing on them.  The survey, of over 2,600 exporters, found that confidence in future operations remains ...read more
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Commenting on the publication of the first tranche of UK Government technical notices aimed at giving businesses and consumers advice on the implications of a 'no deal' exit from the European Union, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Public preparations for all eventualities – and clear, crisp communication with affected businesses – are long ...read more
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Commenting ahead of the publication of technical notices from the government relating to the possibility of ‘no deal’ in the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses have waited too long for answers to some basic questions around Brexit - and have been particularly frustrated by the lack of clear guidance on some of the ...read more
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
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 5%, 32% by 2-5%, 12% in line with consumer price ...read more
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Commenting on today’s interest rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The decision to raise interest rates, while expected, looks ill-judged against a backdrop of a sluggish economy. While a quarter point rise may have a limited long-term financial impact on most businesses, it risks ...read more
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Friday, July 06, 2018
At an exciting point in the future development of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce and its varied activities, the Chair, Richard Stevens, today announced the appointment of Stuart Elford as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Chamber Board recently oversaw a rigorous recruitment process for a new Chief Executive and the British Chambers of Commerce accredited Chamber is now ...read more
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry   Guidance notes on the role of a Chamber Board DirectorMay 2018  Chamber Board Directors are responsible for the governance and success of the Chamber. Successful election candidates and co-optees become a Corporate Director, formerly a 288a, and thus assume the full set of director responsibilities as required by Companies House.  The Chamber is ...read more
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
HOW TO ACCESS NEW MEMBERS AREAS OF OUR NEW WEBSITE?  This new website, produced by Plymouth-based company Konstruct, will feature for the first time full integration with our CRM system ChamberMaster.  This will allow you to update your personal profile, give you access to other membership services and book and pay online for our events. In the coming months more member benefits will be available ...read more
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Organisers of this year’s Devon Chamber Annual Dinner, which will incorporate the Chamber’s Business Awards, have announced today their delight at securing guest after dinner speaker Simon Weston CBE for the event (18 May).  The dinner is taking place on Friday 18th May at the beautiful Moorland Garden Hotel on the edge of Dartmoor, with a cocktail and canapés reception at 7pm, accompanied by ...read more
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
It has been a strong start to 2018 both locally and nationally. This is reflected in the Chancellor’s statement with annual growth being revised upwards slightly. The Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey also records a strong start to the year with orders up both locally and exports. This demonstrates that businesses are working as hard as they can to create wealth for individuals, companies and ...read more
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