March, 2021

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BCC Signs Armed Forces Covenant

The British Chambers of Commerce has today (29th March 2021) signed the Armed Forces Covenant in a virtual signing event attended by the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Simon Brooks-Ward CVO OBE TD VR.

BCC welcomes government announcement of the provision of rapid at-home test kits for firms

BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker said: “We welcome the Government’s announcement of the provision of rapid home testing kits for businesses to provide for employees."

BCC says critical questions remain for businesses wanting to reopen

BCC President, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, says the route back to a full reopening of the economy is still a long way off, with continued uncertainty about whether, and when, the roadmap steps will be met.

BCC welcomes news of new £1.5bn business rates relief fund

Suren Thiru, BCC Head of Economics, says the discount to rates bills provided by the new fund is a positive step which can help support the cash flow of some of our hardest-hit businesses.

BCC Reacts To Latest UK Labour Market Figures

"With many firms struggling with the damage done to their cashflow by a year of covid restrictions, unemployment is likely to remain on an upward trajectory until well beyond a full reopening of the economy."

BCC reacts to latest GDP and Trade figures

BCC Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, says practical difficulties faced by businesses on the ground go well beyond teething problems, and with disruption to UK-EU trade flows persisting, trade is likely to be a drag on UK economic growth in the first quarter of 2021.

BCC says temporary postponement of import checks must lead to permanent solution

Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, has called for the UK and the EU to get back around the table and thrash out the remaining structural problems in the Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

BCC says commercial eviction ban extension is good news

The BCC has welcomed news that the government is extending the ban on commercial evictions for a further three months.

2021 Chamber Network Budget wins

Take a look the Chamber Network's key campaign wins for Budget 2021 below:

BCC calls on businesswomen across the world to celebrate their achievements for International Women's Day

BCC Chair, Sarah Howard MBE, believes women in business have a lot to be proud of but more needs to be done to make sure their voices are heard.