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May, 2021

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Survey shows wide differences in approach to adopting flexible working practices during pandemic

New figures from the BCC show two thirds (66%) of businesses surveyed were offering remote working to employees, but there are major sectoral differences in the results.

Countdown to Global Annual Conference with....Lewis Iwu

Lewis Iwu is the CEO and Founding Partner of Purpose Union. Lewis will be speaking at BCC's Global Annual Conference on 17 June 2021 as part of the BlueSky sessions discussing young people as a force for change. Ahead of the event, we asked Lewis some questions about what influenced him to speak at this year's virtual event and what he is most looking forward to over the two day virtual conference.

BCC says long overdue plans for rail reform a step in the right direction

BCC believes plans for rail reform can give industry the confidence to invest for the future and ensure that the needs of the passenger come first.  

Countdown to Global Annual Conference with......Minister Graham Stuart

Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020 he was appointed Minister for Exports. Minister Stuart will be speaking at BCC's Global Annual Conference on 16/17 June 2021. Ahead of the event, we asked Minister Stuart some questions about what influenced him to speak at this year's virtual event and what he is most looking forward to over the two day virtual conference.

Countdown to Global Annual Conference with...Ben Francis

Ben Francis is the Founder and ambitious entrepreneur behind leading UK fitness brand, Gymshark. Ben will be speaking at BCC's Global Annual Conference on 16 June 2021 as our closing keynote. Ahead of the event, we asked Ben some questions about what influenced him to speak at this year's virtual event and what he is most looking forward to over the two day virtual conference.

BCC Reacts To Latest UK Labour Market Figures

Commenting on ONS Labour Market statistics for May 2021, published today, BCC Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, said: “The decline in the unemployment rate and the rise in payroll employment is further confirmation that the UK jobs market is now more resilient to the ongoing restrictions.

BCC reacts to government confirmation that phase three will still go ahead in England

BCC says that the news that phase three would proceed would be welcome by businesses across England as they get ready to re-open their doors on Monday May 17.

Amazon announces 10,000 new permanent jobs and multi-million pound training programme to boost the UK economy

The company will invest £10 million over three years in training up to 5,000 employees in new skills to meet the UK’s future employment needs outside of Amazon. It is partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce and local businesses to identify regional skills shortages to focus training on local needs

BCC survey finds four in five firms have no plans for vaccine certification

The British Chambers of Commerce has published new survey data which show that the vast majority of responding businesses have no plans in place to require evidence of vaccination from customers, suppliers or employees.

BCC reacts to latest GDP figures

Commenting on GDP figures for Q1 2021, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:    “While the UK economy contracted in the first quarter, the downbeat headline figure masks a renewed momentum through the quarter from January’s drop in output to an exceptionally strong March outturn as lockdown measures started to ease.