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August, 2020

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BCC responds to new self-isolation support payment for people on low incomes

BCC Director General Adam Marshall comments on the government’s announcement that people on low incomes in Coronavirus hotspots in England will be able to claim up to £182 if they have to self-isolate.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Firms vulnerable as government schemes approach end

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that business conditions improved only moderately in the weeks since the UK economy suffered an historic contraction in Q2 2020, with firms still reporting high levels of reliance on government support schemes to help stem cashflow issues.

BCC responds to further easing of lockdown restrictions

BCC Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex comments on the government’s announcement that businesses in the beauty and leisure sectors will be allowed to reopen from tomorrow (Saturday 15 August).

BCC and Mobile UK: Remove barriers to improved mobile coverage and level up remote working

Research from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Mobile UK, has underlined the importance of good quality mobile coverage to enable firms to restart and maintain operations successfully after the Covid-19 pandemic.

BCC responds to ONS GDP figures

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on GDP figures for Q2 2020 published today by the ONS

BCC responds to ONS’ August labour market figures

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the ONS labour market figures for August 2020, published today,

BCC responds to investment for Northern Ireland traders

BCC Director of Trade Facilitation Liam Smyth responds to today's announcement of £200m for a new Trader Support Service for Northern Ireland traders.

BCC responds to proposed planning reforms

BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton responds to the publication of the government’s Planning for the Future white paper and associated consultation.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster urges businesses preparing for customs changes to contact their local chamber of commerce

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP has written a letter to all businesses moving goods between the United Kingdom and the European Union and between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, urging them to contact their local chamber of commerce for guidance.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Summer Statement schemes fall short in protecting firms and jobs

Results from the latest BCC Coronavirus Business Tracker reveal that businesses are still facing significant cashflow challenges with the schemes announced in the Summer Statement failing to provide support at the scale needed to protect jobs after the furlough scheme winds down.