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BCC says long overdue plans for rail reform a step in the right direction

BCC believes plans for rail reform can give industry the confidence to invest for the future and ensure that the needs of the passenger come first.  

BCC Reacts To Latest UK Labour Market Figures

Commenting on ONS Labour Market statistics for May 2021, published today, BCC Head of Economics, Suren Thiru, said: “The decline in the unemployment rate and the rise in payroll employment is further confirmation that the UK jobs market is now more resilient to the ongoing restrictions.

BCC reacts to government confirmation that phase three will still go ahead in England

BCC says that the news that phase three would proceed would be welcome by businesses across England as they get ready to re-open their doors on Monday May 17.

Amazon announces 10,000 new permanent jobs and multi-million pound training programme to boost the UK economy

The company will invest £10 million over three years in training up to 5,000 employees in new skills to meet the UK’s future employment needs outside of Amazon. It is partnering with the British Chambers of Commerce and local businesses to identify regional skills shortages to focus training on local needs

BCC survey finds four in five firms have no plans for vaccine certification

The British Chambers of Commerce has published new survey data which show that the vast majority of responding businesses have no plans in place to require evidence of vaccination from customers, suppliers or employees.

BCC reacts to latest GDP figures

Commenting on GDP figures for Q1 2021, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:    “While the UK economy contracted in the first quarter, the downbeat headline figure masks a renewed momentum through the quarter from January’s drop in output to an exceptionally strong March outturn as lockdown measures started to ease. 

BCC says Queen’s Speech offers opportunity to make change for the better

BCC says Queen's Speech offers opportunity to boost the economy but delivery will be key to real change.

BCC Responds to Roadmap Announcement

Responding to the roadmap announcement, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director, Claire Walker, said: “Businesses across the country will be relieved to hear that they will be able to re-open or restart more of their operations on May 17th."

BCC Welcomes 'First Step' In Return Of International Travel But Says Costs Of Tests Cannot Be Allowed To Scupper Progress

Responding to the announcement of the ‘green list’ for international travel, British Chambers of Commerce Co-Executive Director Hannah Essex said:  “Businesses will welcome this announcement as a first step on the road to a broader resumption of international travel over the coming months. Many firms will be hoping that this soon leads to a further expansion of the green list."

Landmark Skills Training Report Calls For Major Reboot Of The System

Report calls for a root and branch reform of the UK’s training system to help businesses access the skills they need to boost productivity.

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