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BCC FINDS RISING CYBER-ATTACK FEARS IN HYBRID WORKING WORLD

A new survey of almost 1,000 UK firms, from all sectors and sizes, has revealed that more than half believe their IT systems have been left more exposed to attack following the huge increase in people working from home during the pandemic.

Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2021: Recovery weakening as inflation worries soar

The BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – has shown the recovery stalled in the fourth quarter, with firms facing unprecedented inflationary pressures.

BUSINESS MUST BE KEY PLAYER IN NET ZERO

As COP26 concludes, the BCC has highlighted how important business will be in hitting net zero targets and the need for Government to build on current plans and set out the practical steps towards a greener future.

Four in five firms report rising prices as supply chain crunch continues

New BCC data released today from a survey of over 1,000 businesses has thrown sharp focus on the impact of skills and commodities shortages for UK firms, with spiralling prices in evidence.

BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTS MUST UNITE TO HIT NET ZERO TARGET

A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce has revealed how challenging net zero targets will be to hit unless governments work with businesses across the globe on making the transition.

EXPORT RECOVERY REMAINS FLAT AMID DISRUPTION TO SUPPLY CHAINS

A survey of 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that the recovery in export sales has largely stalled in Q3. The proportion of firms reporting increased sales rose only three points (to 30%) from Q2 (27%), whilst the proportion reporting decreased sales fell by just two points (Q3:26%/ Q2: 28%).

Quarterly Economic Survey Q3: Economy Under Strain

The supply chain crisis, alongside wider labour shortages and spiralling price rises, is clearly starting to drag on the economic recovery from Covid-19.

Quarterly Recruitment Outlook – 70% Face Difficulty Finding Staff as Workforce Growth Expectations Surge

The British Chambers of Commerce today released the results of its Quarterly Recruitment Outlook survey for Q2 2021, with responses drawn from over 5,700 firms. The new figures show a surge in the proportion of firms expecting to grow their workforce in the next 3 months, as well as a notable rise from the previous quarter in the proportion who attempted to recruit. However, the data also shows the proportion of those who had difficulty in finding staff climb significantly.

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.

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.