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
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.
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%.