The BCC has launched its campaign for No More Not Spots, to end not spots for voice coverage for UK phone users where they live, work, travel and play.
Are you interested in joining our press team?
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) press office is a busy and fast-paced place to work.
The BCC represents business communities in every region and nation of the UK, as well as a growing Global Business Network, so there is wide scope of issues to get involved with. The small size of the team means there’s plenty of opportunity to get stuck in from the outset.
As a leading business voice there is always a policy announcement, new piece of research or political development that requires a response. In the nearly three years I’ve been here, I’ve worked on everything from a General Election manifesto to a campaign that seeks to improve mobile phone coverage across the UK.
It’s rare to have two days the same in the press office, I’m always moving between reacting to breaking news, forward planning for a campaign, drafting thought leadership pieces or thinking about the next social media blitz. The variety of the role certainly keeps me on my toes but it’s great to have the chance to engage with national journalists and key stakeholders on a daily basis.
The BCC runs an extensive research programme of its own, including the UK’s largest private business survey, which has a well-respected reputation among national and international media. If you enjoy working with data there are plenty of opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in the research and policy team to develop insightful stories based on the figures.
There’s rarely a quiet time for business but the last number of years have clearly been exceptionally busy and challenging for many. At such a pivotal moment for the UK, the Chambers are the heart of it all. Our approach has always been driven by the practical concerns of business, and we work to ensure that the authentic and pragmatic voice of business is heard above all the political noise.
While our membership is made up of every size and sector, there are countless core issues which run through all our business communities and the team's role is to make sure those are reflected in the media. On any given day I could find myself writing about anything from the apprenticeship levy to trade zones.
Working with the Chambers is always great too, getting to meet the teams from across the country and visiting their offices and members makes writing about businesses and communities easier because you’ve seen them for yourself!
It’s a small team at the BCC so it’s all hands-on deck when it comes to getting a big project or event over the line but the endless supply of sweets and chocolate in the office certainly helps with that!
Orla Hennessy, Press and Communications Manager at the British Chambers of Commerce