December, 2021

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Almost Half of Firms Facing Difficulties Trading with EU Under Post-Brexit Trade Agreement

New data released today from a survey of 981 businesses carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce has thrown sharp focus on the impact the UK-EU trade deal (TCA) is having on UK firms one year from its implementation.

BCC Welcomes Chancellor’s New Business Support Measures

“These measures will provide some welcome respite to many of those businesses who have been hit hardest by the latest Covid measures."

Get ready for GB inbound border controls starting on 1 January

Find out what you need to be ready for as an importer in GB, and speaking to EU suppliers (excluding those in the Republic of Ireland for now) and customers about ahead of 1 January.

BCC welcomes Australia trade agreement

Businesses will welcome this confirmation that the Australia-UK trade agreement has been finalised. There are opportunities for exporters in a new speedier customs process, zero tariffs on the vast majority of UK exports, improved market access on services, free flow of data and generous provisions on labour mobility for under 35s for up to 3 years. 

BoE Raises Interest Rate - BCC Reaction

"The Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates was surprising given mounting uncertainty over the economic impact of the Omicron variant."

Responding to the Prime Minister’s press conference

“With the UK recording its highest ever number of Covid cases in a single day, and this being set to rise further in the coming days and weeks, businesses now face the two-punch combination of serious issues with staff absence and plummeting consumer confidence."

BCC Reacts to Latest ONS Inflation Figures

It is concerning that inflation is outpacing wages and if this disparity continues to increase as we predict, real household incomes will be squeezed further, dampening consumer spending, and weakening overall economic activity.

BCC reacts to December’s ONS Labour Market Data

Rising payroll employment and falling unemployment confirm that the UK jobs market has continued to rebound strongly despite a slowing recovery and the end of furlough. Record vacancies underscore the severe recruitment crunch facing businesses.

Chamber Business Awards 2021:  British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong wins International Chamber of the Year 

The team at British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is celebrating after winning the International Chamber of the Year award, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2021.  

Chamber Business Awards 2021:  Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce wins Chamber of the Year 

The team at Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce is celebrating after winning the UK Chamber of the Year award, sponsored by Quest, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2021.