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Net zero and SMEs: how you can act now 

Getting to net zero requires action from governments all over the world, but small businesses have a massive part to play. This week’s blog on our net zero hub looks at what you can do now to play your part.

Could you trim, clip, and shave the costs of business energy bills with a smart meter

Energy is a key expense for hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services which makes it a crucial area for these businesses to save money and take control of their finances.

How smaller retailers can avoid spending more than they have to

The outlook is tough; however here’s one simple step to control your outgoings

BCC assesses impact of Brexit and looks at next steps on the way forward

Much still needs to be done to improve trade flows between the UK and EU but BCC Head of Trade Policy, William Bain, sees a number of ways to make positive changes that can lead to gains for everybody.

Helping businesses manage their cashflow as they start to reopen

The impacts of the pandemic will be felt well into the future but for now, businesses are taking their first steps in gradually reopening. Coffee shops and cafes are welcoming customers inside, hairdressers and beauty salons are switching on the lights and workers are starting to return to the office. Despite these first steps, trading will continue to be difficult for some time, especially for small- and medium-sized firms. These are the ones who will have seen their cash flow significantly hit and are now looking for all the help they can in trying to budget and plan for the future.

Cisco - Small business trends and challenges in 2021

Small businesses have spent much of the past year scrambling to adapt to extraordinary circumstances. Although we have been experiencing this global pandemic since March 2020, those extraordinary circumstances still remain pretty, well, extraordinary. But although the war is not yet won, its outcome swings ever more in our favour. Global vaccination rollouts continue to gather pace, and enterprises of all shapes and sizes endure to show steely resilience and extreme agility to keep operations – and the world – moving. To help you keep on fighting the good fight, we’ve outlined some of the biggest small business trends and challenges you’re likely to encounter in the year ahead – and how best to embrace/overcome them. But above all, remember: your small business has weathered the worst of the storm, some of you have even emerged with a tan. So, keep smiling, follow our advice and one day (very soon) we’ll be happily bumping shoulders and enjoying maskless conversations about that crazy time we baked our weight in banana bread.

Countdown to Global Annual Conference with...Karen Beardsley

Karen Beardsley Managing Director of Rail Operations for Unipart Rail and will be speaking on a panel at Day 1 of BCC's Global Annual Conference 2021. Ahead of the event, we asked Karen some questions about what influenced her to speak at this year's virtual event and what she is most looking forward to over the two day virtual conference.

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.

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.