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Chamber National Conference: Growth speech

British Chambers of Commerce Director General John Longworth addressed hundreds of businesses at the movement’s Annual Conference on 1 April. Keynote speakers at the one-day event included government ministers Philip Hammond, Michael Gove and Vince Cable, plus opposition figure Ed Balls.  Business figures included Karren Brady and Theo Paphitis. In his welcoming speech, John Longworth said: “For the third time,

Written on 1st April 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

First issue of BCC’s Global Monthly Economic Review

An easy-to-use commentary on key global economic indicators relevant to UK businesses. This report provides an update on the UK’s trade position in comparison to its key trading partners. This month’s headlines: UK trade deficit narrows as exports outside the EU increase, BCC forecasts deficit to narrow further US monetary policy tightening and reforms to credit availability in China key

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

UK GDP to exceed pre-recession peak earlier than expected in 2014, says BCC

BCC upgrades GDP growth forecasts from 2.7% to 2.8% in 2014 and from 2.4% to 2.5% in 2015 UK GDP expected to exceed  its pre-recession peak in Q2 2014 – one quarter earlier than we forecast in December The first increase in UK interest rates expected in Q3 2015 to 0.75% BCC predicts that wage growth will exceed inflation from

Written on 10th March 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, News

British Chambers of Commerce voted a Business Superbrand

Annual Superbrands® list reveals the most influential business-to-business brands for 2014 The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has been officially named as a Business Superbrand in an annual survey that identifies the UK’s key business-to-business brands. Independently co-ordinated by The Centre for Brand Analysis, the survey considers thousands of brands that are judged by both an expert panel and 2,000

Written on 26th February 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

BCC: Proposed minimum wage increase is a reasonable compromise

Responding to Vince Cable’s comments to MPs, where he revealed that the Low Pay Commission has recommended a 3% increase in the National Minimum Wage from October 2014, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The Low Pay Commission has to tread a careful balance, recommending changes to the minimum wage that help

Written on 26th February 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

BCC: Listen to business voices as Scottish referendum campaign continues

Commenting as the UK and Scottish governments hold their respective cabinet meetings in Aberdeenshire today (Monday), John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “When it comes to contentious issues such as the future of the Union, business is not a monolithic constituency. In the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum in September, it is critical

Written on 24th February 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

BCC: Labour market continues to improve, but pace is slowing

In the three months to December 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.2%, down from 7.6% three months earlier, but marginally higher than the 7.1% published last month In the three months to December 2013, unemployment fell by 125,000 and employment rose by 193,000 Youth unemployment fell by 48,000 to 917,000 The claimant count in January 2014 fell by 27,600 compared

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

BCC hails opening of British Business Centre Mexico

Commenting on the opening of the new British Business Centre Mexico – a collaboration between the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) – by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Trade Minister Lord Livingston, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It’s great to see a new ‘home base’ for

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

Solve skills mismatch or risk future prosperity, says BCC

The BCC publishes its Skills and Employment Manifesto to address ‘skills mismatch’ described by many UK employers BCC President, Nora Senior: “Although we believe that successive governments have failed our young people by not properly equipping them for their future careers, it is time to break away from the blame game.” The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Thursday)

Written on 30th January 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, News