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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, Lobbying, 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

EU reforms to influence 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

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

BCC: Queen’s Speech is a step in the right direction for business

Giving his reaction to the Queen’s Speech delivered today, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “If the last Parliament was defined by austerity, this one should be defined by growth. And the government needs a confident, unapologetic programme to deliver that sustained growth. What we have seen in the Queen’s Speech is a positive

Written on 27th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

Monthly Economic Review – May 2015

The latest (May 2015) British Chamber of Commerce UK Monthly Economic Review provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between economic data compiled by external organisations such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the BCC’s own Quarterly Economic Survey and economic forecast. It is available here.

Written on 12th May 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Economy, News story 4

BCC: English businesses want more local freedom from Westminster

As England celebrates St George’s Day (Thursday), a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce shows that businesses based in England want more decisions taken in town halls – rather than from Whitehall. The results from more than 1,300 English firms show that 42% believe greater devolution to their local area would have a positive impact on their business; while

Written on 23rd April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC

BCC letter to the parties – focus on the long-term, not tactical headline-chasing

John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, has today (Tuesday 21 April) sent an open letter to the leaders of the main parties calling on them to focus on long-term growth and strategic vision over tactical headline-chasing. The full text of the letter is below. “In December, I wrote to you – and the other UK party leaders –

Written on 21st April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC

BCC: Positive labour market figures point to strong momentum in the economy

In the three months to February 2015 employment rose by 248,000, while unemployment fell by 76,000 The proportion of people aged 16 – 64 in work was 73.4%, the highest since record began in 1971 The total unemployment rate fell to 5.6% and the youth unemployment rate declined to 16.1% Total pay including bonuses rose by 1.7% compared with a

Written on 17th April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC

BCC reaction to Conservative Party manifesto

Commenting on the Conservative Party manifesto and the policies proposed, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Companies across the UK will welcome Conservative policy proposals on fiscal discipline, low taxation, infrastructure projects, and support for enterprise and regional growth. “A majority of the businesses we survey continue to support the Prime Minister’s ambition to

Written on 14th April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News story 1