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BCC response to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference

The focus should be on creating the best possible environment for businesses to grow and thrive so they can sustainably deliver the tax revenue needed to return our public finances to a sustainable path.

BCC responds to Leader of the Opposition Speech at Labour Party Conference

Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The Leader of the Opposition is right to focus on business conditions that would help small and medium-sized firms. Businesses will welcome the focus on digital skills, investment in R&D and the need to make Brexit work. However, despite the warm rhetoric, what firms really need are concrete, costed proposals and meaningful detail on delivery.”

BCC responds to Labour’s business rates proposals

Businesses welcome any attempt to blunt the rise in business rates and the prospect of a more fundamental reform of a broken system. Chamber businesses have been calling for reform for years.

BCC calls for summit to resolve supply chain crunch

The supply chain disruption must not be allowed to worsen over the next few months in the run up to Christmas.

BCC says government must step up on energy supply security

Government must do all it can to safeguard security of supply and ensure that customers and suppliers have access to the support they need to weather this difficult period.

BCC Forecast: Business investment set to be left behind

UK business investment is expected to decline this year due to damage to firms’ finances from the pandemic, a more onerous tax regime and concerns over possible future covid restrictions

BCC opposed to planned ‘health and social care levy’

Businesses strongly oppose a rise in national insurance contributions as it will be a drag anchor on jobs growth at an absolutely crucial time.

BCC RESPONDS TO ONS LABOUR MARKET FIGURES FOR AUGUST

Commenting on ONS Labour Market statistics for August 2021 published today, BCC Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, said: “The latest figures confirm that the UK jobs market is recovering strongly as the boost to demand from the easing of restrictions helped drive higher payroll employment in July. "

BCC RESPONDS TO ONS GDP FIGURES FOR Q2

The increase in output in the second quarter largely reflected a striking rise in household spending; as the easing of restrictions helped consumers spend some of their ‘unanticipated’ savings accumulated during lockdowns, boosting output from consumer facing services firms.

BCC RESPONDS TO ONS GDP FIGURES FOR MAY 2021

Latest figures confirm the rebound in economic activity continued into May, but the sharp slowdown in growth suggests that the recovery is losing a little steam.