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BCC: Action needed on poor broadband, especially in rural areas and for small firms

Businesses across the UK, particularly in rural areas, are still without reliable broadband connections, despite companies saying the availability of fully functional broadband is extremely important to their operations, […]

BCC: Fall in sterling unlikely to provide quick fix to UK’s trade deficit

Commenting on the UK trade figures for September, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“The deterioration in the […]

BCC: Repairing the public finances remains a challenging task

Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, increased by £1.3 billion in September 2016 compared with September 2015
Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, fell by £2.3 […]

BCC: Great Repeal Bill must deliver ‘day one certainty’ for businesses

Clear Article 50 timeline will also be welcomed by businesses

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will include a bill in the 2017 Queen’s Speech to repeal […]

BCC: Stability, clarity and action the watch-words for firms

Commenting following the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Dr Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses […]

BCC: Low inflation will keep interest rates off the table

The Consumer Prices Index rose by 0.3% in the year to May 2016, unchanged from April
Rises in transport costs, restaurant and hotel bills, and telecommunications services were the main […]

Business Information Sheets for the EU Referendum

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is making available neutral information sheets, created by the British Chambers of Commerce. Co-authored with both official campaigns on the issues most frequently raised […]

BCC: UK labour market remains strong despite slowing growth

In the three months to January 2016, employment rose by 116,000 and unemployment fell by 28,000
In the three months to January 2016, the youth unemployment rate was 13.7%, marginally […]

Lens company eyes continued success thanks to Lancashire Business Growth Fund grant

A specialist lens manufacturer has set its sights on further expansion with help from the Lancashire Business Growth Fund (LBGF).
Morecambe-based Optimum Coatings has recently been awarded £80,000 from the […]

Everything you need to know about business in China

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) has published a new China Business Handbook that will help guide UK companies with their business dealings in this sometimes difficult market.
With input from […]