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BCC responds to news of go ahead for July 19 reopening

Firms across England will be sighing with relief to hear the Health Secretary has finally given the green-light to reopening.  But they still don’t have the full picture they desperately need to properly plan for unlocking.

BCC RESPONDS TO ONS TRADE FIGURES FOR MAY 2021

While we are seeing a modest pick-up in demand for UK goods in the last month as economies reopen, the overall climate remains fragile

BCC Comments on Euro 2020 Final Plans for Businesses

Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses across England will recognise the momentous nature for many of the prospect of football ‘coming home’ on Sunday night. "

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.

BCC welcomes news of quarantine-free travel to England from amber-list countries

This is a step that will be warmly welcomed by many businesses but more still needs to be done to open up international travel.

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.

BCC SAYS QUESTIONS REMAIN AS GOVERNMENT SETS OUT PLANS FOR REOPENING

Although information on direction of travel is welcome, businesses will need more information to plan fully for reopening.

Quarterly Economic Survey Q2:  Marked Improvement in Business Conditions but Inflation Concerns Hit Record Highs

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – has found a marked improvement in business conditions in Q2 as covid restrictions eased. The survey of over 5,800 firms showed that some key indicators, such as domestic sales and business confidence, displayed significant rises, as more firms reported improved conditions, with some indicators returning to pre-pandemic levels as Covid restrictions have eased. However, it also showed steep rises in the number of firms, particularly manufacturers, expecting to raise prices, and in businesses citing inflation as a cause of concern.

BCC reacts to news of Government's continued commitment to July 19 for Phase 4 reopening

Government commitment to July 19 reopening is encouraging but BCC says businesses still need more clarity about the future.

Government Must Work with Industry and International Partners to Find Solutions for International Travel – BCC

Responding to the update of the ‘green list’ for international travel, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said:    “Government must work with businesses, the aviation industry and international partners to uncover solutions to further expand international travel quickly and safely, for example through better use of testing and vaccine passports.

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