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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
    Labour Market & Skills Regulated wages:Hourly National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage to increase as follows:NLW up by 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21:21 to 24 year olds by 4.3% from £7.38 to £7.70 18 to 20 year olds by 4.2% from £5.90 to £6.15 16 to 17 year olds by 3.6% from £4.20 to £4.35 apprentices by 5.4% from £3.70 to £3.90 Apprenticeships:SME Apprenticeship Co-investment rate halved to 5%A ...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
    Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Monday, the British Chambers of Commerce is urging the Chancellor to take bold measures to bolster business investment, competitiveness and productivity in the face of Brexit headwinds.  The leading business group, which represents almost 75,000 companies employing six million people across the UK, is warning that a ‘business as usual’ approach to this Budget simply ...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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