Latest news from the British Chambers of Commerce

BCC Digital Survey 2017: Broadband Reliability

27 March 2017 - 4:19pm
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.

BCC: Action needed on poor broadband, especially in rural areas and for small firms

27 March 2017 - 1:00am
Today the BCC launches results from a digital survey on broadband connectivity for businesses in the UK.

Chancellor must do more to boost competitiveness

22 March 2017 - 10:34am
Following the Spring Budget, BCC's Director General Adam Marshall, discusses what the Chancellor can do to boost competitiveness

BCC: Inflation a key risk to UK growth prospects

21 March 2017 - 10:12am
BCC comments on the inflation and public sector finances for February 2017.

Infrastructure sector key to growth in the UK

20 March 2017 - 11:15am
Gleeds' Head of Transport & Infrastructure discusses the importance of infrastructure investment for the UK economy.

BCC comments on interest rate decision

16 March 2017 - 12:33pm
BCC comments on the Monetary Policy Committee's interest rate decision.

BCC: pause for thought on NICs is welcome

15 March 2017 - 1:59pm
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:

BCC comments on labour market statistics for March 2017

15 March 2017 - 10:04am
Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, comments on the labour market statistics published today.

BCC Economic Forecast: UK growth upgraded for 2017 but to remain flat in the medium-term

14 March 2017 - 12:00am
Today the BCC releases its latest latest economic forecast.

BCC comments on statement by Scottish First Minister

13 March 2017 - 2:53pm
Adam Marshall comments on the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum.

BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

13 March 2017 - 11:17am
The British Chambers today launches the Chamber Business Awards at the London Stock Exchange.

Are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

10 March 2017 - 11:09am
David Way, former CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, discusses getting ready for the Apprenticeship Levy

BCC comments on OBR forecast

8 March 2017 - 3:30pm
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:

British Chambers of Commerce: Full reaction to Spring Budget 2017

8 March 2017 - 3:15pm
Giving his full reaction to the Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

British Chambers of Commerce: Initial reaction to Spring Budget 2017

8 March 2017 - 2:01pm
Giving his initial reaction to the Chancellor’s Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

Water watchdog on standby to support businesses

7 March 2017 - 3:09pm
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.

Is UK growth flattering to deceive?

7 March 2017 - 9:36am
BCC's Head of Economics & Business Finance, Suren Thiru, looks at the latest UK growth data.

The seven deadly sins of the business rates system

6 March 2017 - 4:41pm
BCC Fellow, Christian Spence, explains the need for fundamental reform of the business rates system.

BCC: Chancellor must act on mounting concern on business rates

6 March 2017 - 12:00am
Responding to new statistics on business rate concern, the BCC renews its call for action by the Chancellor at the Budget.

Chambers: Industrial Strategy must have clear mission and unlock potential of places

3 March 2017 - 8:53am
BCC comments on the BEIS Committee's Industrial Strategy report