Chamber News

BCC welcomes new Brexit support fund for SMEs 

12 February in Business News, Chamber News

Commenting on the announcement of the fund, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the BCC, said:      “This is a welcome first step in dealing with some of the major issues that small businesses trading with the EU are facing. With their finances already under a significant squeeze firms, particularly those which export, are...

BCC Brexit survey: Half of  UK exporters  report difficulties adapting to changes relating to EU-UK goods trade

12 February in Business News, Chamber News, Member News

Results from the first major business survey for 2021 by the British Chambers of Commerce on Brexit found that half (49%) of  exporters  are  facing  difficulties  in adapting to the changes in the trade of goods following the ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on 1 January 2021.The surveyFieldwork for the survey, which received 1,000 responses, mainly from SMEs, was...

BCC/Totaljobs: Increase in businesses attempting to recruit in Q4 despite November lockdown, while some sectors left behind

26 January in Business News, Chamber News

Results from the British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), in partnership with Totaljobs, found that while there was a modest improvement in the overall number of businesses attempting to recruit in Q4, sectoral disparities remain.Fieldwork for the survey was carried out between 2...

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce response to changes to the government’s Kickstart scheme

25 January in Chamber News

In response to changes to the government’s Kickstart scheme, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce are continuing to work with the DWP as a Gateway Organisation to support the local business community and most importantly the young people involved in this scheme.The Chamber have to...

BCC welcomes improvements to Prompt Payment Code  

20 January in Business News, Chamber News

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the BCC said: “With firms continuing to face major cash flow difficulties, and our research suggesting that late payments have risen during the pandemic, businesses will be encouraged by the launch of a reformed prompt payment code.   “The improved code must be...

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2020: Business conditions remain weak and show no signs of improvement for vast majority of firms

06 January in Business News, Chamber News, Member News

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that business conditions remained weak in the fourth quarter as the second lockdown squeezed activity.The bellwether survey of 6,203 firms, who employ nearly a million people across the UK, revealed...