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Chamber conference to stage pre-election debate

 BCC Annual Conference: 10th February 2015 QEII Conference Centre, London Speaker line-up including senior cabinet ministers, Ed Balls, William Hague and Sir Clive Woodward OBE To register for a free press pass please contact the press team on 020 7654 5813 / 5817 or register via the website. The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference brings together senior politicians and

Written on 16th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

EU Barometer: Firms ‘want in’, but not ‘further in’

As heads of government gather in Brussels to discuss economic growth proposals, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its latest EU Business Barometer, tracking attitudes to Britain’s place in the European Union. The latest survey of 3,500 businesses shows that firms continue to see a recast UK-EU relationship, with Britain remaining on the inside, as most favourable. More than

Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, Lobbying, News, Survey

Staff training investment – key to productivity boost

The British Chambers of Commerce organisation is calling on businesses to invest in workforce training as a key driver for economic success and improved productivity performance. The national Chamber body has published further findings from its 2014 Workforce Survey: Training and Skills. Results show that 92% have identified a skills shortage among staff in at least one key competency. The most

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Quarterly Economic Survey Qtr4 2014 – Add Your Voice

Please add your views to the latest quarterly economic survey to support relevant fact-finding about the local economy and connected businesses working here. The QES can be completed in just two minutes, but provides important data that is useful for many policy-makers and other influencers, locally and nationally. Please complete the survey here. (before Wed 3 December 2014) The findings

Written on 10th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News, Survey

Overtime ruling could cost

A ground-breaking case at an Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided to include overtime in holiday pay. That means staff working voluntary overtime could claim for additional holiday pay. Currently, only basic pay counts when calculating holiday pay.  Details, including on whether claims can be backdated, have yet to be released and, as the ruling is likely to go to the Court of Appeal, a final decision may

Written on 4th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Pay and growth going in right direction, says survey

Findings from a national Chamber survey show that many businesses have increased employees’ pay over the last year, and most remain optimistic about growing their workforce over the next 12 months. The survey of almost 3,000 businesses revealed that SMEs and those in IT, energy and construction are most positive about creating new jobs.  Also, small firms are more likely

Written on 29th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Devolution ideas about to bear fruit?

Devolution of powers to combined authorities could boost economic growth in the UK’s 15 largest metropolitan areas by £79 billion a year This is the view of the City Growth Commission, a temporary group tasked with looking at how to speed up the economic recovery and make it city-driven.   With the new West Yorkshire Combined Authority still cutting its teeth, it

Written on 29th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Airport access needs addressing

Leeds Bradford Airport has been named as one of the fastest growing in the UK. Passenger numbers are set to double over the next 15 years, and possibly triple by 2050.  The airport is currently used by more than 3 million passengers a year.  The Department for Transport has said that numbers could increase to 7 million by 2030, and

Written on 16th October 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News

Quarterly Economy Survey – Appeal to Complete

Please add your views to the latest quarterly economic survey to support relevant fact-finding about the local economy and connected businesses working here. The QES can be completed in just two minutes, but provides important data that is useful for many policy-makers and other influencers, locally and nationally. Please complete the survey here. (before Wed 17 Sept)  THIS SURVEY IS

Written on 11th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News, Survey

Quarterly Economy Survey – Appeal to Complete

Please add your views to the latest quarterly economic survey to support relevant fact-finding about the local economy and connected businesses working here. The QES can be completed in just two minutes, but provides important data that is useful for many policy-makers and other influencers, locally and nationally. Please complete the survey here. (before Wed 17 Sept)  THIS SURVEY IS

Written on 11th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News, Survey