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Root Fifty-Two Welcomes Fresh Talent to Their Web Development Team! | Member News

Root Fifty-Two, a leading Burnley-based branding and marketing agency, have strengthened their Web Development team with some internal restructuring and hiring. With Zakria Bilal taking the role of Lead Developer and the addition of Dariusz Swoszowski and Joe Johnson as Front and Back-End Developers, the team is currently at its strongest ever. Zakria is no stranger to pushing the [...]

BCC Economic Forecast | BCC News

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Forecast has slightly upgraded growth expectations for 2024 and 2025, following a stronger start to the year. However, the forecast for 2026 remains unchanged. UK Economic Outlook   The UK economy is expected to continue its recovery after the short recession at the end of 2023, but long-term growth is unlikely to [...]

BCC Business Manifesto Outlines 5-Point Action Plan | BCC News

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce manifesto, drawn up with the Chamber Assembly of Diamond Ambassadors Patrons and East Lancashire Leaders from education and local authorities, will be launched in June - to coincide with our hustings events with our local candidates to be our next Members of Parliament.  A five-point plan for immediate action by the new government [...]

International Trade Club Breakfast Meeting Tackles Key Issues in Global Trade | International Trade Club

Contact us now for all your importing and exporting questions at: international@chamberelancs.co.uk / 01254 356454. The recent International Trade Club Breakfast Meeting, held at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, brought together industry leaders and professionals to discuss pressing issues in global trade. Mandy Lockett (MIEx), International Business Director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, is relentlessly pushing [...]

British Business Bank: Over 1250 Businesses Express Interest in Accessing New £660m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II

Over 1250 businesses have expressed their interest in accessing the new £660m The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II (NPIF II), according to its appointed regional fund managers. This includes expressions of interest from over 490 businesses across the North West. Unveiled by the British Business Bank in March this year, the Fund aims to increase the supply and diversity [...]

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q1: Firms Treading Water on Investment | BCC News

The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q1 2024 shows that while business confidence remains buoyant, there has been no overall improvement to business conditions, as measured by investment, sales, and cash flow. Levels of business confidence remain unchanged, with 56% of UK businesses expecting an increase in turnover in the next twelve months. Almost half of firms [...]

BCC Latest Survey: Access to Finance Challenges for SMES | BCC News

Accessing finance is becoming more difficult for a large number of SMEs, according to new data from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Insights Unit. Around half (49%) of business surveyed who accessed finance felt that getting funding had become more challenging over the past three years. Only 13% said it was getting easier. The BCC’s latest survey of [...]

£660m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II to supercharge small businesses in Lancashire 

The British Business Bank has launched its new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II (NPIF II), a £660m fund set to cover the entire North of England. The Fund will continue to be available for businesses operating in Lancashire. Since the launch of the first Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund in 2017, it has delivered over £570m of direct and private sector [...]

BCC Quarterly Economic Forecast: Recession expected to end but growth will be weak | BCC News

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 but will continue to lack momentum. While 2023 ended with a technical [...]

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