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May, 2020

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BCC responds to ONS Q1 2020 GDP stats

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on GDP statistics for Q1 2020, published by the ONS

BCC responds to Sunak announcement on extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement today (12 May) that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended to October, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

BCC responds to Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy and workplace guidance

Commenting on the publication of the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan and associated workplace guidance, BCC Director General Adam Marshall said:

BCC comments on Prime Minister's address and next stage of Coronavirus response

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on Prime Minister’s address this evening (10 May) in which he set out a 'conditional plan' for the next phase of England’s response to Covid-19

BCC responds to the latest UK Finance Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme update

Commenting on the latest UK Finance figures (7 May) on the number of firms successfully accessing CBILS, the BCC’s Head of Economics Suren Thiru said:

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: most firms can be ready for ‘restart’ within three weeks

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker reveal the vast majority of firms surveyed say they will require three weeks or less to prepare to restart operations alongside any loosening of the UK lockdown.

BCC comments on start of formal UK/US trade negotiations

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on news that the UK and US are to open formal negotiations on a future free trade agreement.

“This is a time to be bold”: BCC sets out principles for safe restart of UK economy

Open letter to Prime Minister published as government mulls plan to lift lockdown

BCC responds to the government’s discretionary fund for small businesses

Commenting on the government’s announcement today (2 May) of a discretionary fund for small businesses that have previously been outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: