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British Business Bank

British Business Bank

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The British Business Bank is the UK’s economic development bank and we’re here to help your business find a way, with free financial tools and expert information

We’re fully government-owned, but independently managed. We bring expertise and government money to finance markets for smaller businesses. We don’t lend or invest directly. Instead we work with a wide range of delivery partners – ranging from high street banks, to alternative lenders and venture capital funds – to increase the supply of finance to businesses like yours.

Whether you’re a start-up, an established business or looking to grow, we’re here to make it easier for you to find information and guidance around finance that can help you on your business journey. We do that in a number of ways:

  • We work with the Government, finance providers and institutions to make finance markets work better for smaller businesses.
  • We talk to businesses, trade bodies and industry experts – alongside the industry-leading research we’re carrying out – to make sure we’re giving information and guidance that’s fully relevant.
  • We provide independent and impartial information – including guides, checklists, animations and articles – so you can benefit from what we know and find the right path for your business’ development.

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Cisco

Cisco

Cisco is a technology company dedicated to supporting small businesses thrive.

They have recently launched ‘Time to Thrive’ an SME guide to resilience and innovation. Click below to find out more.

The guide shares industry insight and ideas to empower SMEs.

Click here to read ‘Time to Thrive’
Funding Circle

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the UK’s largest loan platform for SMEs. Founded in 2010, its market-leading and unparalleled Instant Decision Lending technology enables small businesses to apply for finance in an average of six minutes, with lending decisions in just nine seconds.

A wide range of investors are utilising this technology and distribution platform to lend more than £11.5 billion to approximately 100,000 businesses globally.

This is providing small businesses with the fast and simple access finance they need to grow and power the economy.

Click here to find out more
O2

O2

At O2, we’re on a mission to reduce CO2 through the power of mobile and digital innovation.

We’re committed to playing our part in tackling climate change, doing what we can to protect the environment and helping others do the same by delivering more sustainable choices. We’re the only mobile network operator to commit to net zero carbon by 2025. Out of the four mobile network operators in the UK we’re the one to publicly commit to being net zero carbon by 2025, in our own operation.

Find out how we’re building a greener future
Quest

Quest

Quest is part of a group of Leicester based companies who supply a range of business services to organisations and companies across the UK. These include HR and Health & Safety Services plus legal, insurance and tax services.

Quest is the exclusive recommended supplier by the BCC and now work in partnership with 46 accredited Chambers.

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BCC REACTS TO UNION CONNECTIVITY REVIEW

Businesses continually operate between all four nations of the United Kingdom and an effective strategic transport network is critical to that.

CHAMBER NETWORK DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED AT MISSED OPPORTUNITY ON RAIL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

This will be huge disappointment to the thousands of businesses that were relying on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to fire up economic regeneration through the improved capacity and connectivity of our rail network.

BCC RESPONDS TO LATEST ONS INFLATION FIGURES

Commenting on the inflation statistics for October 2021, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Head of Economics at the BCC Suren Thiru, said: “The latest data confirms that inflation is on a significant upward trajectory. “October’s upturn was largely driven by rising household energy costs following the increase in Ofgem’s energy price cap, rising fuel prices and the partial reversal of the VAT reductions for hospitality and tourism which drove up restaurant and hotel prices."

BCC RESPONDS TO LATEST ONS LABOUR MARKET FIGURES

Record job vacancies suggest that the chronic staff shortages encountered by businesses are intensifying and this could derail the recovery by forcing firms into a more long-lasting decline in their operating capacity.