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BCC CALLS FOR SWISS TRADE NEGOTIATIONS TO BUILD A BETTER DEAL

London, the South-East and East of England already have especially strong export links to Switzerland. The BCC looks forward to sharing its Network's ideas with government on a bespoke, ambitious trade agreement with Switzerland which boosts our exports right across the UK

BCC SUPPORTS IMPORT CHECK DELAY AS INFLATION RISES

Given current economic circumstances it is sensible to postpone the implementation of import food checks, due to be introduced in July, September and November, for over 12 months.

Record Recruitment Difficulties Adding To Firms' Woes - Quarterly Recruitment Outlook

It is now harder than ever for businesses to fill job vacancies and there are no signs of improvement. In an increasingly tight labour market, competition for skills is ramping up wage costs, leaving many firms unable to recruit the people they need.

BCC WELCOMES JOINT STATEMENT ON UK/US TRADE DIALOGUES

The BCC has called for practical actions to boost UK-US trade in five key areas.  These are front and centre in the work streams announced by the UK and US Governments in today’s statement.

BCC DG LOOKS TOWARD DEEPER ATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST TRADE

Shevaun Haviland will be a keynote speaker at the first session of the US/UK Dialogues taking place in the UK, aimed at improving trade between the two countries.

EXPORT GROWTH NOW STAGNANT FOR 1 YEAR AS BCC SOUNDS WARNING ON TRADE

A survey of over 2,700 UK exporters has revealed that export sales growth has been effectively stagnant for the past year. The BCC’s quarterly Trade Confidence Outlook showed the proportion of exporters reporting increased overseas sales to be unchanged from Q4 at 29%, while those reporting a decrease rose 1 point to 25%.

BCC: Soaring inflation raises prospect of a slump in economic output  

The latest data confirms that the UK is in the midst of an unprecedented inflationary surge amid accelerating global price pressures, including from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

BCC: Record vacancies highlight the historic hiring crunch facing firms

Commenting on the ONS Labour Market statistics for April 2022, BCC Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, said:

BCC: Trends still point to lack of sustained boost to exports

“We are not seeing the sustained rise in exports out of the pandemic on the scale which UK businesses had hoped for."

BCC: UK economic growth loses momentum

“While economic output continued to rebound in February, the significant slowdown in growth indicates that the UK economy was losing steam even before the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. "

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