• News for Chamber

    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Commenting on the South Yorkshire devolution deal, Dan Fell, Chief Executive at Doncaster Chamber, said: “Securing a South Yorkshire devolution deal is a positive step for Doncaster and the region. “Whilst the Chamber – led by member sentiment – has, and continues to advocate for, full Yorkshire devolution, Doncaster businesses have always been extremely pragmatic about how this is achieved and ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 07, 2020
    The Ecosurety Investment Fund is investing £1 million in projects that aim to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries and WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment). Spread across three years and offering individual grants of up to £150,000, the fund is open to UK registered companies, charities, not-for-profits and academic institutions. To be eligible, projects ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 07, 2020
    British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director, Claire Walker, said:    “Businesses will be looking to the Budget to boost confidence and stimulate growth at a time of significant uncertainty for the UK economy.     “Firms of all sizes need to see a package of fiscal measures to alleviate the burden of high up-front costs and boost investment. The Chancellor must outline how he will make ...read more
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    Monday, January 06, 2020
    Formally announced at the Doncaster Chamber AGM in December, Doncaster Chamber is pleased to announce new appointments to its Board.  Changes to the Board include:Jill Wood (Signum Facilities Management) promoted to PresidentAndy Morley (ProAktive), Steve Bradley (NatWest) and Jim Carley (Carley Consult) welcomed to the Board as Elected members.Karen Beardsley (Unipart Rail) and Heather Boyce ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey reveals that the UK ended 2019 in stagnation, amid long term uncertainty, rising business costs and a slowing global economy.  The latest results of the survey – which is the largest of its kind in the UK and a leading indicator of GDP growth - found protracted weakness across most indicators of economic health in the final quarter of ...read more
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    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    Commenting on the announcement that the new National Living Wage will be set at £8.72, with the National Minimum Wage increasing across all age groups, Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said:     “Businesses want to pay their staff a good wage. They recognise and support the drive to improve living standards. But many have struggled with increased costs in a time of great economic uncertainty. ...read more
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    Friday, December 20, 2019
    Commenting on the appointment of Andrew Bailey, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:     “Businesses will look to the new Governor to foster confidence and offer reassurance at a time of significant change in the UK economy.     “With our own research pointing to a stagnating economy, businesses will want to see the Bank deliver continued ...read more
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    Friday, December 13, 2019
    The winners of the 21st annual Doncaster Business Awards, sponsored by Doncaster College and University Centre, were announced on Thursday 12 December during a prestigious awards ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse. The black-tie evening organised by Doncaster Chamber saw over 900 guests from the local business community recognise and celebrate the high calibre of work that firms are performing ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    Doncaster based mechanical and electrical engineering company, Mech FS, is leading the way with their support for the workforce of tomorrow as headline sponsor for Opportunities Doncaster LIVE.  Opportunities Doncaster LIVE is a flagship event designed to engage and inspire local students to choose their career pathway. It takes place on 13 February 2020, with over 100 business and education ...read more
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    Monday, December 09, 2019
    UK economic growth in 2020 is forecast to slow to its weakest rate since the financial crisis as higher government spending struggles to offset falling business investment, weakening net trade and sluggish consumer spending.     GDP growth is forecast to slow from 1.3% for this year to 1.0% in 2020 - the weakest outturn since 2009 – according to the latest economic forecast from British Chambers ...read more
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    Monday, December 02, 2019
    At this years’ British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019, Doncaster Chamber has been awarded the Chamber of the Year – the highest accolade a Chamber of Commerce can win at the annual event. The awards, now in their 16th year, are one of the showpiece events in the national business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local ...read more
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    Friday, November 29, 2019
    Businesses are hampered by an unreliable electricity supply according to a survey of more than 1,000 business leaders published today by British Chambers of Commerce and Drax.     One third (33 per cent) of UK businesses have experienced electricity outages in past twelve months, according to a major new study of the business community’s views on infrastructure and risk.      With demands on ...read more
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    Thursday, November 28, 2019
    This article provides information for businesses affected by the floods in Doncaster.Business Rates – Tel: 01302 734454 Option 2 Any business premises affected by flood damage will qualify for an exemption, 100% relief, from business rates for a minimum period of up to 3 months (6 months for industrial) from the date of the flood when full business rates will be payable. The property needs to be ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    A new and exciting Doncaster initiative launches on 2 December to further strengthen local relationships between business and education for the benefit of the future workforce. The Doncaster Promise is a new social compact between businesses, education and the local public sector. It represents a deep and sincere commitment from businesses to support and help young people develop their careers. ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    Business satisfaction rates fall, underlining need for parties to make good on infrastructure promises     UK businesses are even less satisfied with UK infrastructure than they were a year ago, according to research published today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Stagecoach.     The survey of 1,200 business leaders finds that only around one third (35%) of UK businesses feel ...read more
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    Monday, November 25, 2019
    In his initial response to the publication of the Conservative Party manifesto, BCC Director General, Dr Adam Marshall said:    “While the Conservative manifesto strikes some of the right notes, business communities across the UK will be looking to see more substantial measures to boost growth, enterprise and investment from the Prime Minister and his party if they form the next ...read more
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    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    Responding to the Labour Party manifesto, Director-General Dr Adam Marshall said:   “No government can deliver the prosperity that people and public services depend on, or achieve net-zero, without a true partnership with business. When business thrives, people and communities thrive too.   “Millions of businesspeople care deeply about their employees and their communities and they need the ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    A majority of UK manufacturing exporters are reporting a stark worsening in sales and orders, with indicators showing a substantial drop compared to 2017 and 2018 levels.     The Quarterly International Trade Outlook for Q3 2019, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL today, reveals that indicators for exporting manufacturers in Q3 2019 have undergone large declines, with several key ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Ahead of the Doncaster Business Awards on 12 December, Doncaster Chamber is urging local business to get involved and donate prizes for the charity raffle, held as part of the highly anticipated awards event. The Doncaster Business Awards, sponsored this year by Doncaster College & University Centre, are an annual recognition and celebration of excellence across Doncaster business. Each year all ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Here at the Chamber we would like to send our sincere thanks to our emergency services, volunteers and the wider community supporting those affected by the recent flooding. Members of the Chamber team will be lending their support as volunteers as clean-up operations progress throughout the week. Please feel free to get in touch with any queries or concerns by telephone at 01302 640100 or email ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    The latest quarterly Doncaster Business Insight survey is now open and for every survey completed by a business with a DN postcode, Doncaster Chamber will donate £1 to support Doncaster residents via Changing Lives. The Doncaster Business Survey, run by Doncaster Chamber in association with Doncaster Council and sponsored by ProAktive, gains a snapshot of business sentiment on current issues that ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber in the running for national ‘Chamber of the Year’ award. Doncaster Chamber has finalised for Chamber of the Year at the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) annual business awards.  The prestigious awards night celebrates the best of business from across the UK whilst also shining a light on the most impact Chambers in the network.  To be shortlisted for ‘Chamber of the Year’ ...read more
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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    Clark's Vehicle Conversions took nearly 100 of their employees and families to Castle Park for an enrichment day on 5 October.  The 2018 Doncaster Chamber Awards Large Business of the Year winner and Chamber Patron member attended a Doncaster Knights fixture against Jersey Reds as the Knights made a winning start to their Championship Cup campaign.  Prior to kick off, members of the Knights ...read more
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    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    Commenting on Saturday’s Parliamentary debate, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “While the parliamentary drama continues, in the real world businesses wait anxiously for a clear outcome.  “In the coming days the onus is on the government to answer the many questions businesses are posing on the Prime Minister’s deal – and its potential impact ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Commenting on the announcement that the UK and EU negotiators have come to an agreement, Dr Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “Business communities will recognise the huge efforts by UK and EU negotiators to reach an agreement. Understandably, many businesses will reserve judgment until they see the detail.     “Businesses need a chance to analyse precisely what ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) have revealed that uncertainty around Brexit, tariffs and exchange rate volatility are holding back the potential of many UK exporters. The recent survey included 1,140 internationally active UK businesses, and found that general uncertainty around Brexit was considered the top barrier to export, listed by almost half (47%) ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    Commenting on the publication of the No-Deal Readiness Report, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said:   “It’s good that government has got its shoulder to the wheel, but it’s going to have to push a lot harder to give businesses answers to the many complex and detailed questions they have in order to trade successfully in the event of an unwanted no-deal ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    More than 100 Doncaster businesses are on track to take advantage of the country’s biggest investment in national railways since the Victorian era. They were among those attending a HS2 Supply Chain event held at National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (formerly National College for High Speed Rail), organised by the Doncaster Chamber on 8 October. The Chamber is working with ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey – now in its thirtieth year as the largest UK private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that UK economic conditions weakened in the third quarter amid a significant deterioration in manufacturing sector activity. The balance of manufacturers reporting increased export orders lowest in a ...read more
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    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber and the wider Chamber Network have launched a new campaign to celebrate, support and develop the most important part of any business – it’s people.  Chambers will be working with government, academics, business communities and employees, to make the UK a more productive, attractive and modern place to work. At a time of critical levels of skills shortages, weak productivity and ...read more
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    Monday, September 16, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber are thrilled to announce Ben Hanlin will return to host the Doncaster Business Awards on Thursday, 12 December for the second year running. Originally from Birmingham, Ben became an overnight sensation through debuting his tricks on YouTube. Since then, he has starred in the world’s best-selling touring show The Illusionists and appeared on ITV1’s Live at the Palladium. His ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    With the deadline for the Doncaster Chamber Business Awards fast approaching, we spoke with some of the winners of the 2018 Awards to learn about the opportunities they have had since winning, their experience of the evening and any advice they have for this year’s entrants. Keepmoat Homes’ Corporate & Social Responsibility Manager, Mark Burley, reflected that  winning the Excellence in ...read more
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    Friday, June 14, 2019
    One of Doncaster’s leading banks, Handelsbanken, has become a patron member of Doncaster Chamber. The new partnership will enable them to build stronger relations with local businesses and individuals and contribute to the borough.  Handelsbanken is a local relationship bank, based on satisfied customers, financial strength and traditional values. Their Doncaster branch is empowered to make the ...read more
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    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    The Doncaster Business Awards 2019 are now open for entry. Businesses with a DN postcode can enter any or all of the 12 award categories including SME Business of the Year, and Excellence in Customer Service, as well as two new awards, Marketing Campaign of the Year and Business & Education Partnership.  The Doncaster Business Awards, run by Doncaster Chamber, are the highlight of the region’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, June 04, 2019
    On 23 May, Doncaster Chamber hosted a ‘Doing business in south-east Asia’ event to support local businesses already trading overseas and those considering expanding to new horizons. The morning event focussed on three keynote speakers with a wide and varied experience of doing business within the region including where to start, and understanding local laws and political and cultural differences ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    Opportunities Doncaster is a new and exciting organisation, co-created by Doncaster Chamber and Doncaster Council, in Partnership with the Opportunity Area Programme, to bring business and education together. The new professional organisation will launch itself at a special event on Tuesday 16 July. Business people, education leaders, teachers, careers leads and parents are invited to the event ...read more
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    Friday, May 31, 2019
    Commenting on the Migration Advisory Committee’s report, Jane Gratton, Head of People Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:    “Expanding the Shortage Occupation List will help businesses access the skills they need when they can’t recruit locally. Listing occupations, rather that job titles, simplifies the system and gives welcome flexibility to those hiring for new or ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Commenting on the news British Steel is entering insolvency, Hannah Essex, Co-executive director at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:   “Many Chamber businesses will be concerned about the potential impact of British Steel entering insolvency, particularly those in their supply chain who will be directly and deeply affected. The company’s operations are at the centre of many local ...read more
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    Monday, May 27, 2019
    A crafty former library assistant has found a new outlet for her creative talents, after teaming up with a number of like-minded entrepreneurs to pioneer Doncaster’s first eco-friendly shop.   Based in Doncaster’s recently renovated Woolmarket, Artisan and Eco offers a range of plastic-free products, ranging from bamboo toothbrushes, hand crafted fairies, traditional peg dolls and even cling film ...read more
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    Monday, May 27, 2019
    More UK exporters are reporting a decrease in orders in the opening quarter of the year, with cashflow and confidence dipping too according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL.   The report based on the responses of over 3,400 exporters shows that one in five manufacturers (23%) and service firms (20%) saw their ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    The future is tech and data - with robotics becoming more widely used; but that means nothing without people as businesses have to be trusted and transparent and have good customer relations, according to Chris Oldacre, IBM UK's Industry Leader for the Consumer Products, Travel and Logistics sectors, speaking at the sixth Doncaster Business Conference. The keynote speaker was back in his home ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    Should Doncaster go for City Status? is just one of the important questions in the Spring Doncaster Business Insight Survey which is evoking a large response from local business leaders. The responses will be used by Doncaster Chamber to help inform their mandate of work and represent the business voice on matters that impact business growth and the local economy.  “This is an important survey ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses need concrete outcomes to plan for the future. In the absence of parliamentary consensus on either the Withdrawal Agreement or any other proposition for the future, both businesses and investment remain in limbo.    “Companies across the UK are ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    Recruitment intentions were strong in the first quarter of the year but nearly 75% of firms reported a shortage of suitable candidates, according to the landmark publication of the Quarterly Recruitment Outlook released on Wednesday 15 May by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in partnership with Totaljobs.  •Over half (53%) of UK businesses attempted to recruit new hires in the first quarter ...read more
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    Monday, May 13, 2019
    Commenting on the National Infrastructure Commission’s letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on infrastructure planning and investment, Mike Spicer, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The National Infrastructure Commission is right to stress the importance of protecting infrastructure spend in the government’s forthcoming spending review. Business expects ...read more
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    Monday, May 13, 2019
    Commenting on the latest UK GDP statistics, published on Friday 10 May 2019 by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “While there was a strengthening in UK GDP growth in the first quarter, the headline figure has been flattered by a temporary boost from stockpiling ahead of a possible no-deal exit, and so does little to alter the UK’s ...read more
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    Monday, May 13, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber is pleased to welcome Cllr. Nuala Fennelly to its Board as a co-opted director. As Doncaster Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, her expertise will help inform the Chamber's work to connect businesses and schools to help inspire and prepare young people to be work ready.  Her predecessor Cllr. Bill Mordue served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors as ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    Commenting on the Rail Delivery Group’s submission to the Williams Review of the rail industry, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “We’ve always believed the private sector has a central role to play in delivering a rail network that is fit for purpose and that can take responsibility and respond quickly when things go wrong. Business ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    The annual Doncaster Business Conference on Thursday 16 May promises a full line-up of high profile speakers discussing the issues that matter most to local firms. It will drive a two-way dialogue between businesses and partner organisations about how barriers to growth can be overcome and how economic opportunities can be better exploited for the benefit of the local economy.  This year’s two ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    Business believes that the UK tax system is fundamentally unfair and want more support to stay compliant, according to new research released by the British Chambers of Commerce.  The survey of over 1,000 firms from across the UK, found that nearly three-fifths (58%) of respondents think that the UK tax regime is unfair to businesses like theirs.  The findings largely signal concerns over how ...read more
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    Sunday, April 21, 2019
    Commenting on the labour market figures for April 2019, published by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:                                                 “The strong increase in employment, coupled with another fall in the number of people out of work, suggests that the UK labour market remains in good order.   “However, behind the strong ...read more
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    Sunday, April 21, 2019
    Commenting on the inflation statistics for March 2019, published by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “CPI inflation was unchanged in March with rising prices for fuel and clothing, offset by downward pressure from across a range of goods including food and motor vehicles.   “It remains probable that UK ...read more
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    Monday, April 15, 2019
    Commenting on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published on 10 April 2019 by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The widening in the UK’s trade deficit is further evidence of deep-rooted imbalances in UK economic growth and suggests that net trade is likely to have been a drag on UK GDP growth in Q1. Slowing global growth, Brexit ...read more
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    Monday, April 15, 2019
    Commented the British Chambers of Commerce on the Article 50 extension: “For most businesses, the ‘flextension’ agreed by the European Council will be preferable to deadlines that are repeatedly moved forward at the last possible moment. “This extension buys Parliament some time to come to a consensus, but they can’t afford to squander it. Politicians must urgently agree on a way forward. It ...read more
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    Monday, April 15, 2019
    The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) is setting up a new small business stakeholder forum. This is a great opportunity for employers to influence policy and raise any issues, concerns and opportunities with the Institute around the development of Apprenticeship Standards and T levels. The forum will meet three times a year in Westminster and the first meeting will be ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    Doncaster Skills Academy (DSA) hosted an awards ceremony for 60 people from business and education to celebrate their working together to raise the career aspirations of young people and show them the job opportunities available locally.  Cllr Nuala Fennelly, Councillor for Young People & Families, Doncaster Council, presented the seven awards: Raising Aspirations – Kate Haigh, Stewart & ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber’s latest quarterly Business Insight Survey to capture a snapshot of local business sentiment is more positive than the national picture but Brexit is still their biggest concern.  Key indicators of their economic health showed a more positive balance of Doncaster firms reporting increased sales, advance orders, and employment in Q1 2019 compared to the overall UK Quarterly ...read more
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    Monday, April 08, 2019
    At a recent Doncaster Business Insight Breakfast Briefing, local firms gained an economic snapshot of how the local economy is faring and how they can make themselves more robust and sustainable in these changing economic, political, and environmental times. The results of the latest Doncaster Business Insight Survey, run by Doncaster Chamber, showed that despite Brexit uncertainty, local firms’ ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    Commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement she will seek to extend the Brexit deadline, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:  “The clock is still ticking, and avoiding a messy and disorderly exit from the EU is still the top priority for our business communities. The government must take firm action, now,  to ensure that this is not allowed to happen ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the largest private sector survey of business sentiment and leading indicator of UK GDP growth – found that key indicators of UK economic health weakened considerably in the first quarter of 2019.  •The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales at its lowest level in a decade•The balance of firms reporting improved ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    CPI inflation in the UK stood at 1.9% in February 2019, up from 1.8% in the previous month. In the three months to December 2018, the number of people in employment rose by 222,000 on the previous three-month period. Average weekly earnings (excluding bonuses) rose by 3.4%, up from 3.2% on the previous three-month period. UK retail sales increased by 0.4% in February 2019 and were up by 0.7% on ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Local business people will attend the Doncaster Business Insight Breakfast Briefing on Thursday 4 April to discuss how Doncaster firms are making themselves more robust, sustainable and productive during these changing economic, political and environmental times. Anna Round from the IPPR will talk about her ongoing work into the productivity of small and medium sized businesses in the North of ...read more
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    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Commenting on the inflation statistics for February 2019, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “Inflation picked-up for the first time since August 2018, with rising prices across a range of items including food and alcohol, placing the largest upward pressure on price growth in ...read more
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    Monday, March 18, 2019
    Commenting on the parliamentary vote on extending Article 50, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “While most businesses will support an extension to Article 50 to avert the prospect of a messy and disorderly exit on the March 29th, with just two weeks to go this vote leaves firms with no real clarity on the future.   “Although Parliament has ...read more
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    Monday, March 18, 2019
    With just weeks to go before its planned introduction, new research suggests nearly one in five businesses above the VAT threshold still know little or nothing about Making Tax Digital, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.   Responding to the findings, and amid the significant cost pressures placed on business by the ongoing Brexit uncertainty, the leading business group is reiterating ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    Commenting on the Spring Statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The Chancellor is right to warn of the risks that a messy and disorderly exit on March 29th would pose for the economy. Westminster must heed the fact that businesses and government agencies are simply not ready for such an abrupt change, and Parliament must take concrete ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    “Businesses have warned time and again that the United Kingdom is not ready to face the consequences of a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. Government agencies are not ready, many businesses are not ready, and despite two and a half years passing since the referendum, there is no clear plan to support communities at the sharp end of such an abrupt change," commented Dr Adam ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    “Although there was an increase in GDP growth between December and January, the data for the longer three-month period recorded an economy that was continuing to slow under the weight of uncertainty over Brexit and weakening global trading conditions," commented Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), on the latest UK GDP and trade statistics, published today by ...read more
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    Thursday, March 07, 2019
    With just weeks to go before its planned introduction, new research suggests nearly one in five businesses above the VAT threshold still know little or nothing about Making Tax Digital, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.   Responding to the findings, and amid the significant cost pressures placed on business by the ongoing Brexit uncertainty, the leading business group is reiterating ...read more
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    Thursday, March 07, 2019
    Doncaster College & University Centre hosted an Apprenticeship Awards night to celebrate the success of their apprentices and their employers during the academic year 2018/19. As proud sponsors, Doncaster Chamber presented the 'Business Support Apprentice of the Year Award' to Abbie Brierly at Hallcross Medical Practice, and Doncaster Skills Academy presented Narmila Singh from Doncaster School ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    Amazon welcomed 15 SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) students from the Communication Specialist College Doncaster (CSCD) for an industry visit organised by Doncaster Skills Academy to give them a first-hand experience of the various employment opportunities available to them on their doorstep.  Amazon opened their doors to the first SEND school to visit the premises located at the ...read more
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    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Chief Executive Jo Miller is leaving Doncaster in June to take up a role on the other side of the world. Jo is to become the Chief Executive of Hutt City Council, near Wellington in New Zealand in July. “This opportunity starts a new chapter in my public service career and I am looking forward to the challenge in a different country with a different set of challenges and opportunities. It goes ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    The latest Doncaster Business Insight Survey is now open and for every one completed by a business with a DN postcode, Doncaster Chamber will donate £1 to Active Fusion. Active Fusion is a Doncaster charity helping young people to develop a love for being active by unlocking their potential and creating positive habits for life.  Over the last year they have worked with over 23,000 young people ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Commenting ahead of today’s Cabinet meeting and the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “At this pivotal moment, the government must take decisive steps to avoid the damage that a messy and disorderly exit would cause to business and the economy in just a month’s ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the next steps in the Brexit process, Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “While this a giant political leap for the Prime Minister, this is only a small step towards the clarity and precision that businesses need to chart their future ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    In the three months to December 2018, the number of people in employment in the UK rose by 167,000 on the previous three-month period. Average weekly earnings (excluding bonuses) rose by 3.4% and the number of job vacancies rose by 16,000 to 870,000, a new record high. UK labour productivity dropped by 0.2% in the year to Q4 2018. Public sector net borrowing (excluding public sector banks) in ...read more
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    Monday, February 25, 2019
    Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it is ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    The Doncaster Business Awards charity raffle and silent auction raised £4,730 for Real Help Doncaster to help vulnerable people off the streets and into healthier lifestyles. The monies will be shared equally between local charities Changing Lives and Riverside. Over 800 people attended the Business Awards organised by Doncaster Chamber in December 2018 and participated in the raffle to win ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Commenting on the labour market figures for February 2019, published by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The fall in unemployment and strong employment levels are further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite an increasingly challenging economic backdrop.   “With earnings growth ...read more
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    Friday, February 15, 2019
    The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, as international traders struggle with the value of the pound and pressure from the cost of raw materials and other overheads, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Over 2,500 students from schools across Doncaster attended Doncaster Skills Fest 2019 to gather valuable careers advice from a range of local education providers and employers. Held at The Dome on 7 February, the event, run by Doncaster Chamber’s Doncaster Skills Academy, is the largest in the region for young people to think about their future careers and the education and employment ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal, Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses across the UK will be deeply concerned by reports that ministers are considering setting UK import tariffs to zero in the case of ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    Two senior directors have joined Doncaster Chamber to drive the development of its award-winning support for business and education across the borough. Stefan Rodgers and Andy Hibbitt will use their commercial expertise to enable the not for profit organisation to provide it’s 700+ members and partners with the services they need to grow and succeed. Stefan Rodgers, in his role as Commercial ...read more
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    Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    Doncaster Chamber CEO Dan Fell will bang the drum for regional aviation and economic development at the Heathrow National Conference on 8 February in London. He will chair a panel discussion on ‘Building a gateway to the UK: Tourism & Growth’ with representatives from national tourism and aviation organisations including Visit Britain and ABTA.  This panel will discuss options to help boost ...read more
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    Monday, February 04, 2019
    Commenting on the announcement by HMRC on Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs in the case of no deal, Ronan Quigley, Executive Director responsible for Trade at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:   “The priority of business communities across the UK is to avoid a messy and disorderly Brexit on March 29th. In the unwelcome scenario of no deal, we have been fighting long and ...read more
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    Thursday, January 31, 2019
    Commenting on the latest votes in Parliament on Brexit, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Another day lost while the clock is ticking. Government and parliament are still going round in circles when businesses and the public urgently need answers. “The real-world result of Westminster’s interminable wrangling is market uncertainty, stockpiling, ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Where else but Doncaster could you train to be a zoo keeper, jockey or pilot?  Doncaster Skills Academy’s annual flagship event, Skills Fest 2019, will motivate over 2,600 students from local schools and colleges to think about the career pathways and opportunities available to them. On Thursday 7 February at Doncaster Dome, over 80+ local businesses and education providers will showcase their ...read more
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    Monday, January 21, 2019
    Over 150 firms gave an insight into how their business is faring and their views on hot business matters by participating in the Doncaster Business Insight survey for Q4 2018. Their feedback will enable Doncaster Chamber, Doncaster Council and other key stakeholders to monitor economic trends, capture business sentiment and support firms in their business growth. Firms completed the quarterly ...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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    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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    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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    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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    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
    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 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 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
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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