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Businesses across the UK, particularly in rural areas, are still without reliable broadband connections, despite companies saying the availability of fully functional broadband is extremely important to their operations, according to the results the British Chambers of Commerce Digital Economy Survey, released on Monday 27 March 2017. All companies surveyed (99%) say a reliable broadband connection is important, (82% say extremely so), yet nearly one in five (18%) suffer from unreliable connections (11% not very reliable; 7% not at all reliable). The findings also show that firms in rural areas are at least twice as likely to have unreliable connections (30%) as those in towns (15%), inner cities (13%), and suburban areas (12%). The survey found that firms in both sectors, particularly in manufacturing, are facing pressure to raise prices, principally as a result of the cost of raw materials and other overheads.
Today the BCC launches results from a digital survey on broadband connectivity for businesses in the UK.
Following the Spring Budget, BCC's Director General Adam Marshall, discusses what the Chancellor can do to boost competitiveness
BCC comments on the inflation and public sector finances for February 2017.
Gleeds' Head of Transport & Infrastructure discusses the importance of infrastructure investment for the UK economy.
BCC comments on the Monetary Policy Committee's interest rate decision.
Commenting on the statement by Chancellor Philip Hammond pausing the rise in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, comments on the labour market statistics published today.
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Adam Marshall comments on the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum.
The British Chambers today launches the Chamber Business Awards at the London Stock Exchange.
David Way, former CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, discusses getting ready for the Apprenticeship Levy
Commenting on the latest forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility, published today in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the BCC, said:
Giving his full reaction to the Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
Giving his initial reaction to the Chancellor’s Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
Evan Joanette, CCWater market reform policy manager, writes about how with only four weeks to go before the new water retail market opens, the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) is on standby to support business customers with free, impartial advice.
BCC's Head of Economics & Business Finance, Suren Thiru, looks at the latest UK growth data.
BCC Fellow, Christian Spence, explains the need for fundamental reform of the business rates system.
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BCC comments on the BEIS Committee's Industrial Strategy report