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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.

A straightforward solution in a world which is anything but

​If the last couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that businesses need to expect the unexpected. A period of massive political and economic change has meant trading has been extremely difficult, in particular for small- and medium-sized firms, who will have seen their cash flow significantly hit.

Chamber network policy wins - Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

Working together the BCC and the Chamber Network secured a number of wins for business communities across the UK.

Work smarter and be more productive with a smart meter

Are you seeking smart solutions for your business? A smart meter could be just the ticket for you. Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which can be an invaluable asset for firms in Legal services, Accounting and bookkeeping, Marketing consultancy, Architecture, IT services, and more.

After the pandemic: what more can banks and government do to support SMEs?

​It’s no secret that a lot of small businesses have been hit hard by Covid-19. Both at TSB and through the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking, we’ve seen the determination and sheer hard work firms have put in to adapt and survive through the toughest environment most of us can remember.

What is COP26 and what does it hope to achieve?

British Chambers of Commerce is hosting a significant in-person presence at COP26 in the City of Glasgow Colleges. Our programme of events features roundtables in which we will hear from industry experts across the business and net zero agenda, as well as thought leadership sessions, practical sessions for businesses and networking opportunities. Our full programme of events can be found here. We hope you can join us in Glasgow.

Do you have enough on your plate running a business? A smart meter could help

Running your very own restaurant, coffee shop or bar might be a dream, but you are up against huge competition, and it can be tough out there. Smart meters send your gas and electricity readings directly to your energy supplier, saving you time to focus on other jobs.

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