News for Chamber

Monday, March 18, 2019
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for 2021 of 1.4% growth.  A weaker outlook ...read more
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Friday, March 15, 2019
Commenting on the parliamentary vote on extending Article 50, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “While most businesses will support an extension to Article 50 to avert the prospect of a messy and disorderly exit on the March 29th, with just two weeks to go this vote leaves firms with no real clarity on the future.  “Although Parliament has ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Commenting on the Parliamentary vote on the motion to rule out leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “It’s all well and good that Parliament has said it doesn’t want a no-deal exit, but without concrete action, its gestures are meaningless for business. A messy and disorderly exit on March 29th is still ...read more
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Commenting on the parliamentary defeat of the meaningful vote on the Brexit agreement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Businesses have warned time and again that the United Kingdom is not ready to face the consequences of a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. Government agencies are not ready, many businesses are not ready, and ...read more
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Commenting on the announcement of changes to tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “If the tariffs announced today were to come into effect, there would be winners and losers across UK industry overnight. The abruptness of changes to tariff rates in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU would be an ...read more
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Commenting on the Spring Statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The Chancellor is right to warn of the risks that a messy and disorderly exit on March 29th would pose for the economy. Westminster must heed the fact that businesses and government agencies are simply not ready for such an abrupt change, and Parliament must take concrete ...read more
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:“Although there was an increase in GDP growth between December and January, the data for the longer three-month period recorded an economy that was continuing to slow under the weight of uncertainty over Brexit and weakening global ...read more
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Thursday, March 07, 2019
With just weeks to go before its planned introduction, new research suggests nearly one in five businesses above the VAT threshold still know little or nothing about Making Tax Digital, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.  Responding to the findings, and amid the significant cost pressures placed on business by the ongoing Brexit uncertainty, the leading business group is reiterating ...read more
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Commenting ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “At this pivotal moment, the government must take decisive steps to avoid the damage that a messy and disorderly exit would cause to business and the economy in just a month’s ...read more
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the next steps in the Brexit process, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “While this is a giant political leap for the Prime Minister, this is only a small step towards the clarity and precision that businesses need to chart their future ...read more
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it ...read more
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Commenting on the labour market figures for February 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The fall in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite an increasingly challenging economic backdrop.  “With earnings growth ...read more
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today published a list of twenty critical questions that remain unanswered for business in the unwelcome event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on March 29.  With less than 50 days to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the publication highlights the many key issues that are still unclear for businesses in a ‘no deal’ scenario on March ...read more
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Monday, February 11, 2019
Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The latest data indicates that the UK economy suffered a significant loss of momentum in the final quarter of 2018, with Brexit uncertainty, a slowing global economy and the persistent financial squeeze on consumers and businesses ...read more
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal, Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses across the UK will be deeply concerned by reports that ministers are considering setting UK import tariffs to zero in the case of no-deal. “Ministers ...read more
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Monday, February 04, 2019
Commenting on the announcement by HMRC on Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs in the case of no deal, Ronan Quigley, Executive Director responsible for Trade at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The priority of business communities across the UK is to avoid a messy and disorderly Brexit on March 29th. In the unwelcome scenario of no deal, we have been fighting long and ...read more
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Commenting on the latest votes in Parliament on Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Another day lost while the clock is ticking. Government and parliament are still going round in circles when businesses and the public urgently need answers. “The real-world result of Westminster’s interminable wrangling is market uncertainty, ...read more
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Commenting on the labour market figures for January 2019, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The marked increase in employment is further evidence that the jobs market remains a major positive for the UK economy. Although some firms report that Brexit uncertainty and recruitment difficulties are weighing on hiring ...read more
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:  “There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster ride that shows no sign of ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
The wraps were off the new branding for the renamed Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce today (Friday 11th January), when the organisation’s chiefs joined Plymouth City Council leader Councillor Tudor Evans on Plymouth Hoe to unveil the logo from the top of a Plymouth Citybus vehicle. Stuart Elford, Chief Executive of Devon and Plymouth Chamber, said:  “The launch of our new brand design is ...read more
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Friday, January 11, 2019
Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for November 2018, published by the ONS today, Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “Despite a small improvement in GDP growth between October and November, the underlying three-month measure showed an economy that was slowing after what had been a stronger performance in the previous quarter. ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures.  Key findings:•Percentage of ...read more
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
The UK’s five leading business groups, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people, today unite and call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29th March. “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The ...read more
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Commenting on the publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “While these proposals are not quite as bad as we had originally feared, it’s no secret that companies across the UK are sceptical about whether the government’s approach will actually deliver on their practical, real-world ...read more
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is one of many factors that has weakened the outlook for business investment, according to the latest forecast by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).  The UK’s leading business group forecast a decline of -0.6% for business investment this year following weaker than expected data. This is a sharp decline from the 1.0% growth previously ...read more
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Monday, December 17, 2018
City Council Leader Tudor Evans visited the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce to meet with the Chamber’s Chair, Richard Stevens and Chief Executive, Stuart Elford.   Councillor Evans,  was delighted to visit the Chamber’s new premises where he was given a tour and was very interested to hear about the Chamber expanding their services to their members over the next few months.   The ...read more
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Commenting on the confidence vote in the Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “With news that the Prime Minister remains in place, business communities will hope that these political games can finally be put to bed. Westminster must now focus all its energy on urgently giving businesses clarity on the future and avoiding a messy or ...read more
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Commenting on the news that the Prime Minister will face a vote of no confidence, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “At one of the most pivotal moments for the UK economy in decades, it is unacceptable that Westminster politicians have chosen to focus on themselves, rather than on the needs of the country.   “The utter dismay amongst businesses ...read more
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
First Employees Awarded Nationally Recognised International Trade Qualification as Devon And Plymouth Chamber Launches New Training Courses for 2019. The International Trade team, at Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce has just announced its training programme for 2019, following on from its highly successful 2018 programme which saw two people become the first recipients of Foundation awards ...read more
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on delaying Parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:  “Firms are looking on with utter dismay at the ongoing saga in Westminster, and express concern that politicians are seemingly acting in their own ...read more
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Commenting on the labour market figures for December 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:“While the latest data confirms that the UK jobs market remains in good shape, the second successive rise in unemployment, coupled with a decline in the number of people who are not seeking work, is further evidence of the increasing ...read more
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Monday, December 10, 2018
The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL, today (Sunday) publishes its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook, based on survey and export documentation data. It finds that as the clock ticks ever closer to Brexit, a combination of exchange rates and price pressures is forcing exporters to increase prices.  The survey, of over 2,500 exporters, shows that there is an ...read more
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for October 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The latest GDP data is further evidence that the drag effect of persistent Brexit uncertainty and the significant cost pressures faced by consumers and businesses is taking its toll on the UK economy.   “The slowdown on the ...read more
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Monday, December 10, 2018
Devon and Plymouth Chamber currently has four offices available to rent, ranging from 95 to 908 sq ft.  Conveniently situated in the Derriford Business Park, the modern offices come on a fully serviced basis including internet connectivity, heat, light, power, rates, cleaning, security and a number of allocated on-site parking spaces.  There is also a communal kitchen, breakout area, toilets, a ...read more
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Commenting on the publication of the policy paper by DExEU on the rights of EU citizens in the UK in the event of no deal, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said:  “While it is long overdue, businesses and EU citizens in the UK will welcome the clarity on how the EU Settlement Scheme will operate in the event of no deal.  “Advice on EU ...read more
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) in partnering to deliver the Devon Business Show.  This exciting and commercially successful event is held annually at Plymouth Pavilions and is next booked for 12th June 2019. This high-profile event usually sells out approximately 120 stands at the show for exhibitors from various business sectors and industries, ...read more
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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Commenting on the latest migration statistics, published today by the ONS, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “These latest figures are nothing to celebrate when businesses up and down the country are facing record high skills shortages.  “Despite valiant efforts to recruit at home, employers need people to fill vacancies where there are local ...read more
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Lesley Shorrocks, our Deputy Chief Executive has filmed an events promo video. To view the video, please click here.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Commenting on the announcement from the Prime Minister that the Cabinet has backed the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU27, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:  “Businesses will recognise the huge efforts made by the Prime Minister and across government to reach this ...read more
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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