July, 2020

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BCC responds to the postponement of lockdown easing

BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government will introduce new local restrictions and postpone the planned re-opening for some business from August 1st,

No more Transition at the UK Border

With the Brexit transition period set to end in December this year, BCC Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth explains why now is the time for businesses to take action and get ready for a new border operating environment from 1st January 2021.

BCC responds to 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals from Spain

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the announcement that UK arrivals from Spain will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker:  Restart of the UK economy “still in first gear” with businesses operating at just half of normal capacity

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker in partnership with job site Indeed reveal that businesses are operating at half of their pre-Covid 19 capacity on average, despite lockdown measures easing.

BCC responds to Prime Minister’s speech setting out next steps in Coronavirus response

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the Prime Minister’s speech, setting out the next steps in England’s Coronavirus response.

BCC comment on launch of UK Internal Market White Paper

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the government’s launch of the UK Internal Market White Paper and associated consultation.

BCC/Totaljobs: Almost a third of firms will decrease size of workforce in next three months

Results from the BCC’s Quarterly Recruitment Outlook, in partnership with Totaljobs, reveal the impact Coronavirus has had on the jobs market, with the two organisations calling for further action from government to protect businesses and jobs. 29% of businesses expect to decrease the size of their workforce in the next three months 28% decreased size of workforce in Q2 but 66% kept their workforce constant, reinforcing the success of the Job Retention Scheme The two organisations call for a cut in employer National Insurance Contributions to protect businesses and jobs.

BCC responds to ONS GDP figures

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on GDP figures for May 2020 published today by the ONS.

BCC responds to mandatory face coverings in shops and supermarkets

BCC Co-Excutive Director Claire Walker responds to the government’s announcement that wearing a face covering will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

BCC responds to the government’s proposed border controls after the transition period

BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall comments on the government’s new proposed processes for moving goods from the UK to the EU from January 1st 2021, published today.