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The BCC publishes ‘Workforce Survey’

Young people need more support to make transition from education to work, says BCC The BCC’s Workforce Survey suggests that stronger links must be formed between educators (schools, colleges and universities) and business to better prepare young people for work More than three-quarters (88%) of businesses think school leavers are unprepared for the workplace, while over half (54%) think graduates

Written on 3rd October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Employment, News

BCC’s UK Monthly Economic Review for September

This briefing provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between the 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. This month’s headlines: BCC upgrades its UK economic growth forecast for 2014 to 3.2%.

Written on 4th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

BCC Economic Forecast: 2014 growth to reach seven year high with slowdown to follow

BCC upgrades 2014 GDP growth forecast from 3.1% to 3.2% – the highest growth rate since 2007 Growth forecast for 2015 upgraded from 2.7% to 2.8%, but remains unchanged for 2016 at 2.5% First increase in official interest rates to 0.75% expected in Q1 2015 GDP growth will continue at a strong pace of 0.8% in Q3 2014 Exports of

Written on 28th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

More than two thirds of exporters believe turnover will improve in 12 months

Results published from British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL report: 70% of UK exporters believe their turnover will increase in the next 12 months – 10% more than in Q2 2013 Exporting activity in Q2 2014 reaches highest level on record according to the Trade Confidence Index John Longworth, BCC Director General: “We must create an environment that makes

Written on 21st August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, Manufacturing, News

BCC: Fall in inflation strengthens case for low interest rates

Annual CPI inflation in July 2014 was 1.6%, down from 1.9% in June The largest contribution to the fall in inflation was clothing prices The largest offsetting factor came from transport Goods price inflation in July 2014 was 0.8%, while services inflation was 2.5% Commenting on the CPI inflation figures for July 2014, published today by the ONS, David Kern,

Written on 19th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

BCC: Manufacturing figures suggest keeping interest rates low

Manufacturing output in June 2014: up 0.3% on the month, up 1.9% on the year Total industrial production in June 2014: up 0.3% on the month, up 1.2% on the year David Kern urges the MPC not to ‘jump the gun’ on interest rates ahead of its decision tomorrow Commenting on the manufacturing and production figures for June 2014, David

Written on 6th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, Manufacturing, News

BCC’s UK Monthly Economic Review for August 2014

This briefing provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between the 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. This month’s headlines: UK  economy grew by 0.8% in Q2 2014, driven by a

Written on 4th August 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

BCC’s Global Monthly Economic Review: July 14

The latest briefing from the British Chamber of Commerce is now available. It is an easy-to-use commentary on key global economic indicators relevant to UK businesses. The report also aims to provide a regular update on UK’s trade position in comparison to its key trading partners. This month’s headlines: IMF lowers global growth, but upgrades the UK to be the

Written on 31st July 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

Disappointing manufacturing figures strengthen case for interest rates to remain low, says BCC

 Manufacturing output in May 2014: down 1.3% on the month, up 3.7% on the year Total industrial production in May 2014: down 0.7% on the month, up 2.3% on the year Commenting on the manufacturing and production figures for May 2014, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Despite the

Written on 8th July 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

Santander teams up with British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce and Santander have entered into a partnership to support UK SME exporters. Santander is partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce on their online export platform, Export Britain, designed to showcase opportunities in key international markets, and link UK exporters to the support available from British Chambers and their partners around the world. Santander works

Written on 12th June 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News