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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey – UK economic growth softened further in Q1 2016


The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey – Britain’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey, based on over 8,500 responses from firms in Q1 2016 – suggests that growth in the UK economy continued to soften in the first quarter, with most key survey indicators either static or decreasing. Several key indicators for the services sector

Written on 11th April 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News, Policy & lobbying

UK digital strategy must match growth ambitions


Leading business group publishes letter signed by leaders of 52 Chambers of Commerce — every accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK — demanding improved digital and mobile connectivity for UK business On the closing day of the government’s consultation on the UK’s future digital strategy (19 January), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calls for the government to match

Written on 19th January 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in BCC, IT/Telecoms, News

BCC gives full reaction to Chancellor’s Spending Review


In a full response to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, John Longworth, BCC Director General, said: On the apprenticeship levy: “Although we finally have clarity over the threshold of the apprenticeship levy, it will hurt larger businesses who will have to pay what is effectively a payroll tax. It is important that the delivery of the levy doesn’t undermine

Written on 25th November 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

Surge in retail should boost economic growth

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Retail sales volumes in September 2015 are up 1.9% on the month and up 6.5% on the year. Average store prices fell by 3.6% in September 2015, compared with September 2014.  Commenting on the retail sales figures for September 2015, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Retail sales surged in September following several months of

Written on 29th October 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in BCC, News2, Retail

BCC Cameron’s EU reform package key to business vote


Half (50%) of the senior businesspeople polled in a major new British Chambers of Commerce survey have revealed that the concessions the Prime Minister brings back from Brussels will have an impact on their voting intentions in the upcoming EU referendum. The findings from the leading business group demonstrate that many businesspeople have not yet taken a firm position on

Written on 25th September 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

BCC UK showing signs of ‘two-tier’ growth, as services race ahead of manufacturing

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The BCC’s economic survey for Q2 2015 indicates continued UK economic growth, but highlights sharp differences between manufacturing and services.  In services, the results remain broadly positive and signal growth. But in manufacturing, virtually all the key national balances recorded declines. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – one of Britain’s largest and most authoritative private

Written on 8th July 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News