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Business facing widening labour market gap

Recruitment difficulties are likely to dampen the recovery by limiting firms’ abilities to fulfil orders and meet customer demand. Business investment will then suffer, curbing any chance of a prolonged recovery.

BCC says new Industry Taskforce must listen to smaller businesses

For several weeks we have been calling on Government to get round the table with business and work together to find solutions to the big challenges facing firms large and small this autumn.

BCC response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech

There is much in the Prime Minister’s ambition for the future of the United Kingdom which should be rightly applauded, but what businesses urgently need are answers to the problems they are facing in the here and now.

Quarterly Economic Survey Q3: Economy Under Strain

The supply chain crisis, alongside wider labour shortages and spiralling price rises, is clearly starting to drag on the economic recovery from Covid-19.

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 says agreed solution on Northern Ireland Protocol best way forward

An agreed solution between the United Kingdom and the EU on how the Protocol should work and businesses comply with it, is by far the best outcome. It offers clarity for businesses and certainty for inward investment in Northern Ireland.

BCC says new EU Export Support Service must add value

BCC looks forward to working with the Europe Export Support Service and hope it will prove complementary to the unrivalled support the Chamber Network provides to exporting UK companies

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.

‘A Thimble Of Water To Put Out A Bonfire’ - BCC On Temporary Visas For Drivers And Food Workers

BCC President, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: “Government has made clear its priority is to transition from a reliance on EU workers to a focus on the domestic workforce, and businesses have been ready to participate in this, but it is a long-term project. “A managed transition, with a plan agreed between government and business, should have been in place from the outset. Instead, the supply of EU labour was turned off with no clear roadmap as to how this transition would be managed without disruption to services and supply chains.

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