• News for Chamber

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Local firms that completed the lastest Doncaster Business Insight Survey, run by Doncaster Chamber, raised over £150 for Real Help Doncaster. For every survey taken by a business with a DN postcode, £1 was donated to the local fund that helps homeless and vulnerable people off the street and into a healthier and safer lifestyle. This is in addition to the £500 donation that the Chamber has already ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:   “There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster ride that shows no sign ...read more
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    Monday, January 07, 2019
    A lawyer and two managing directors have been elected to join the Doncaster Chamber Board of Directors. They will share their expertise to advise the membership organisation that supports and represents Doncaster’s private sector through its tailored business services.  Chamber President Michael Wilkinson (Frog Education) announced the election results at the Doncaster Chamber AGM and welcomed ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures.  Key findings:•Percentage of ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Commenting on the publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “While these proposals are not quite as bad as we had originally feared, it’s no secret that companies across the UK are sceptical about whether the government’s approach will actually deliver on their practical, real-world ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    The UK’s five leading business groups, representing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people, today unite and call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29th March.   “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is one of many factors that has weakened the outlook for business investment, according to the latest forecast by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The UK’s leading business group forecast a decline of -0.6% for business investment this year following weaker than expected data. This is a sharp decline from the 1.0% growth previously ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    UK GDP on the rolling three-month growth measure increased by 0.4% in October 2018, down from 0.6% September 2018. On the monthly measure, UK GDP increased by 0.1% in October 2018, up slightly from zero growth in September. Growth in output from the services sector grew by 0.2% in October. Output from the construction sector dropped by 0.2%, while total industrial production decreased by 0.6% in ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    The winners of the 20th annual Doncaster Business Awards 2018, sponsored by Doncaster College & University Centre, were announced on Thursday 13 December during a prestigious awards ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse. The black-tie evening organised by Doncaster Chamber saw over 800 guests from the local business community recognise and celebrate the high calibre of work that firms are performing ...read more
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    Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Commenting on the confidence vote in the Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “With news that the Prime Minister remains in place, business communities will hope that these political games can finally be put to bed. Westminster must now focus all its energy on urgently giving businesses clarity on the future and avoiding a messy or ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on delaying Parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Firms are looking on with utter dismay at the ongoing saga in Westminster, and express concern that politicians are seemingly acting in their own ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Commenting on the labour market figures for December 2018, published by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While the latest data confirms that the UK jobs market remains in good shape, the second successive rise in unemployment, coupled with a decline in the number of people who are not seeking work, is further evidence of the increasing ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Commenting on the GDP and trade statistics for October 2018, published by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The latest GDP data is further evidence that the drag effect of persistent Brexit uncertainty and the significant cost pressures faced by consumers and businesses is taking its toll on the UK economy.    “The slowdown on the ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Commenting on the publication of the policy paper by DExEU on the rights of EU (European Union) citizens in the UK in the event of no deal, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said:   “While it is long overdue, businesses and EU citizens in the UK will welcome the clarity on how the EU Settlement Scheme will operate in the event of no ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Doncaster University Technological College will be a distinctive school led by employers to provide an innovative and engaging learning environment and unique learning experience. This will equip young people with the education and qualifications required for future success and will create pathways into university or higher levels of education and to the most significant areas of growth in ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Doncaster Chamber is celebrating winning the Most Effective Campaigning award, sponsored by Heathrow Airport, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2018. The national awards highlight the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local towns and regions.  Doncaster Chamber has worked closely with a range of partners – including Hungerhill ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    In annual terms, UK business borrowing contracted by 1.9% in October 2018. Deposits held by UK non-financial companies grew by 3.4%.   In the year to June 2018, net migration stood at 273,000 with 625,000 people moving to the UK and 351,000 people leaving the UK over the period. EU net migration was 74,000 in the year to June 2018 and non-EU net migration was 248,000.   The US economy grew by ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Commenting on the latest migration statistics, published today by the ONS, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “These latest figures are nothing to celebrate when businesses up and down the country are facing record high skills shortages.    “Despite valiant efforts to recruit at home, employers need people to fill vacancies where there are local ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    Commenting on the agreement between the UK and EU27 on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “While this is a milestone in the political process of Brexit, and a significant personal achievement for the Prime Minister, it’s just one more step on a long road for businesses exhausted by three years of ...read more
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    Monday, November 26, 2018
    Ben Hanlin, one of the UK’s leading magicians, is hosting the prestigious Doncaster Business Awards 2018. Over 900 guests will be entertained by his cheeky magic, close-up conjuring and mind games as they celebrate doing business in Doncaster.  Now in its 20th year, the black tie event has become the UK’s largest Chamber awards night with the announcement of the winners and runners-up, ...read more
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    Friday, November 23, 2018
    Commenting on the announcement that the UK government and EU Commission have agreed a Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “While we welcome the fact that more flesh has been put on the bones of the proposed future UK-EU relationship, the reality is that the clarity and precision businesses need to plan for the long term can ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    Doncaster Chamber is the first business to back the new partnership scheme that helps people off the street and into a healthier and safer lifestyle.  The business support organisation and its members have been working with the council and police to address the spike of anti-social behaviour, crime, aggressive begging and drug dealing/usage in Doncaster town centre and across the borough. Town ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    CPI inflation in the UK stood at 2.4% in October 2018, unchanged from the previous month. The large downward contributions to the change in the 12-month rate from food and non-alcoholic beverages, clothing and footwear, and some transport elements were offset by upward contributions from rising fuel prices.   In the three months to September 2018, the number of people in employment rose by ...read more
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    Friday, November 16, 2018
    Local firms that completed the Doncaster Business Insight Survey last quarter raised over £150 for The Children’s Sleep Charity. For every survey taken by a business with a DN postcode, £1 was donated to the local charity that annually supports around 30k families nationwide who are in crisis due to sleep deprivation. Says Vicki Dawson, CEO and Founder: “We are hugely grateful for this kind ...read more
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    Friday, November 16, 2018
    As the Government prepares the Brexit Agreement, Doncaster businesses are being asked how prepared they are whatever the outcome of the Brexit deal / no deal. This is just one of the important questions in the latest Doncaster Business Insight Survey. Hundreds of local businesses will participate in the quarterly survey run by Doncaster Chamber in association with Business Doncaster and sponsored ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    Commenting on the announcement from the Prime Minister that the Cabinet has backed the draft Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the EU27, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:   “Businesses will recognise the huge efforts made by the Prime Minister and across government to reach this ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Commenting on the labour market figures for November 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The slight increase in the unemployment rate suggests that the UK jobs market may be starting to falter under the weight of persistent Brexit uncertainty and chronic skills shortages. While the number of people in work remains ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    The UK economy grew by 0.6% in Q3 2018, up from growth of 0.4% in the previous quarter. On a monthly basis, UK economic growth was flat in September, unchanged from the previous month. Growth in output from the services sector grew by 0.4% in Q3. Output from the construction sector rose by 2.1%, while total industrial production increased by 0.8% in the month.   The UK’s trade deficit in goods ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    The way we work, future job roles and required skills are changing rapidly due to digital transformation. Businesses are adapting their workforces to work more smartly alongside new technologies and become more productive. This was the story reflected in the results of the latest Doncaster Business Insight Survey which showed that more than a third of firms (35%) said a higher percentage of their ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Now in its 20th year, the Doncaster Business Awards have become the highlight of the local business calendar and an opportunity to support and celebrate doing business in Doncaster.  The Awards, sponsored by Doncaster College & University Centre, recognises the very best of Doncaster’s business community as firms go head to head in the 11 award categories including Excellence in Customer Service, ...read more
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    Monday, November 12, 2018
    Commenting on the first estimate of GDP for Q3 2018, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said   “While the pick-up in GDP growth in the third quarter is welcome, the stronger headline figure masks a loss of momentum through the quarter from the particularly strong July outturn, when a number of temporary factors, including the ...read more
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    Friday, November 09, 2018
    Doncaster Chamber has announced the finalists for the Doncaster Business Awards. The awards celebrate the best practice and success exemplified in Doncaster’s business community.  Now in their 20th year, the Doncaster Business Awards have become the highlight of Doncaster’s business calendar. The finalists are competing for 11 award categories including Success in International Markets, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    In its latest forecasts, the Office for Budget Responsibility expects GDP growth for 2018 of 1.3%, down from their previous forecast of 1.5% published in March 2018. The growth forecast for 2019 has been upgraded to 1.6%, from 1.3%. Forecasted growth in 2020 has also been upgraded to 1.4%, from 1.3%. UK interest rates were kept at 0.75% with the Monetary Policy Committee voting unanimously (9-0) ...read more
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    Monday, November 05, 2018
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment, and a lead indicator of UK GDP growth - shows little to be cheerful about as growth flatlines and business confidence weakens.  Key findings: •Percentage of services firms attempting to recruit is at its lowest level for 25 years•Of those services firms recruiting, ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Feedback from the diverse array of businesses that make up the membership of Chambers across the UK confirms that while getting a good Brexit deal is vital, it is not the only challenge facing the UK economy. Indeed, many of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK economy have little or nothing to do with the UK’s departure from the European Union. The best Brexit deal imaginable ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    The latest UK Finance business lending data revealed that net lending to businesses grew for the fourth consecutive month in September, with total borrowing by non-financial companies increasing by £597m. Deposits held by UK non-financial companies grew by 3.6% over the last twelve months. The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 3.5% in Q3 2018, better than expected but still slower than the ...read more
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    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals for the high street in the upcoming Autumn Budget, Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns, at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “We’re delighted that the Chancellor has heeded our calls to abandon the uprating of business rates for the high street for the next two years, and gone further by cutting bills for the vast ...read more
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    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Giving his reaction to the Autumn Budget 2018, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “In an atmosphere of unprecedented uncertainty and heightened political noise, the Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth.   “The Chancellor responded directly to the BCC’s ...read more
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    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Giving his initial reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “In an atmosphere of unprecedented uncertainty and heightened political noise, the Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth.   “The Chancellor responded directly ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Cyber criminals can destroy companies who fail to implement simple but effective security measures, a major business event was told. The rising cost of cyber crime was placed under the spotlight at the Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Review breakfast briefing, which was held in front of 70 business leaders at Inox Dine in Sheffield. The keynote speaker was Sergeant Shelton Newsham of the ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Over 100 business leaders met with Heathrow and their supply chains at Yorkshire’s only Heathrow Business Summit. Doncaster Chamber worked in partnership with Heathrow Airport to facilitate the connections with the Airport’s procurement team and principal suppliers and open up an array of national business opportunities. Heathrow is keen to ensure the benefits of its expansion are felt across the ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Commenting on the inflation statistics for September 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Inflation slowed for the first time since April, with food and non-alcoholic drinks placing the largest downward pressure on price growth in September. “Inflation’s trajectory is likely to fluctuate somewhat ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    CPI inflation in the UK stood at 2.4% in September 2018, down from 2.7% in August. The largest downward contribution came from food and non-alcoholic beverages where prices fell. Other large downward contributions came from transport, recreation and culture, and clothing. In the three months to July 2018, the number of people in employment fell by 5,000 on the previous three-month period. Average ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    BCC convenes a meeting with DEXEU Secretary Dominic Raab and seven Northern European Chambers of CommerceThe group collectively represents regions and nations that cover 70% of UK-EU trade – around £344bn in 2016Recent research by BCC shows a fifth of businesses will move part or all of their business to the EU in the event of a no-deal BrexitAt a meeting today (Thursday) with Brexit Secretary ...read more
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    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Half of businesses surveyed say that Brexit is making it difficult to decide whether to import or export, hampering British tradeVolatility of sterling is also causing concernBCC has long been calling for clarity for business on the practical questions over Brexit  A survey by British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL Express UK, has revealed that almost half – 49% – of businesses have ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Doncaster Chamber has been finalised for two British Chamber of Commerce Awards. The national awards for “Chamber of the Year” and “Campaign of the Year” recognise the Chamber’s exemplary service that supports the growth and prosperity of the local and British business community.  “Through consultation, lobbying, training, and community engagement, Doncaster Chamber is at the heart of getting ...read more
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    Friday, October 12, 2018
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment, and a lead indicator of UK GDP growth - shows little to be cheerful about as growth flatlines and business confidence weakens. Key findings:  Percentage of services firms attempting to recruit is at its lowest level for 25 yearsOf those services firms recruiting, ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    One of the biggest surveys of business intentions since the EU referendum has found that nearly two-thirds of firms still aren’t preparing for Brexit – and in the event of a ‘no deal’ outcome many would cut investment and recruitment plans. With just six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the British Chambers of Commerce is calling for UK ministers to redouble their efforts to reach an ...read more
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    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    The British Chambers of Commerce has published a Business Brexit Checklist to help firms consider the changes Brexit may bring and to plan for them. Their Brexit Risk Register assesses the progress on 24 business-critical issues which businesses need clear answers on. 
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