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Business communities across the country rely on fast and reliable mobile and broadband coverage to run their businesses and to connect with customers, suppliers and employees both here and across the world.


Businesses in the dark on Making Tax Digital

Businesses in the dark on Making Tax Digital

Ten months ahead of its planned introduction, an alarmingly high proportion of UK businesses have little or no awareness of HM Revenue and Customs’ flagship Making Tax Digital project, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Avalara.

  • 24% of firms have never heard of Making Tax Digital, which comes into effect next April for VAT
  • Only 10% of firms know ‘a lot of details’ about the switch to the digitised tax system


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Half of businesses not seeing improvement in UK mobile network

Half of businesses not seeing improvement in UK mobile network

Only half of businesses believe the UK’s phone network is more reliable than five years ago, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce.

A survey by the BCC of over 1,100 businesses, found that while 53% of firms believe the reliability of the UK’s mobile phone network has improved compared to five years ago, 30% believe there has been no change and 16% say that it is less reliable.

Despite welcome investment and progress in the rollout of mobile coverage, businesses across the country still report problems with accessing reliable mobile coverage. In response to the frustration of business communities, the BCC launched its No More Not Spots campaign to end not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.

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Mobile  Reliability

Mobile Reliability

Businesses in all parts of the UK, particularly rural areas, are experiencing full or partial ‘not-spots’ in their mobile coverage.

The survey of over 1,400 businesses, found that 70% of firms experience mobile ‘non-spots’, areas of no mobile coverage by any operator, or ‘partial not-spots’, where there is some coverage but not from all networks, in their local area.


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Cyber security

Cyber security

One in five businesses have fallen victim to cyber-attacks in the past year, according to the results the British Chambers of Commerce Digital Economy Survey.

The survey of more than 1,200 businesses across the UK found that 20% had been hit by a cyber-attack in the last 12 months. Big businesses are far more likely than their smaller counterparts to be victims of attacks (42% of companies with more than 100 staff, compared to 18% of companies with fewer than 99 employees).


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Access to digital skills

Access to digital skills

Digital skills are increasingly important to the operation of businesses in the UK but companies are facing a shortage of skills in their workforce which is hampering productivity, according to the results the British Chambers of Commerce Digital Economy Survey.

The survey of more than 1,400 businesses across the UK found that 84% of firms say digital and IT skills are more important to their business than two years ago, with half (51%) saying these skills are significantly more important.

72% are looking for basic IT skills from their employees.

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BCC Digital Campaign

BCC Digital Campaign


Access to mobile voice call services is a basic requirement of business today: that’s why the British Chambers of Commerce has launched a campaign calling for No More Not Spots!
No More Not Spots
Improving Candidate Quality: Three Steps to Finding the Best Fit Candidate

This is a guest blog post from Indeed. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world1 with over 250 million unique visitors2 every month. Indeed strives to put jobseekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post CVs, and research companies. Every day, Indeed connect millions of people to new opportunities. Visit the Indeed blog for data trends, insights and tips for employers.

Remove blockers in the skills system to alleviate recruitment struggles, says BCC and Indeed

New research by the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with global job site Indeed, reveals the increasing time it’s taking businesses to recruit the skills they need, emphasising the importance of removing blockers in the training system to develop a pipeline of talent.

BCC comments on review of immigration proposals

Mike Spicer, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), comments on the announcement that the Home Secretary Sajid Javid has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to review and advise on salary thresholds for the future immigration system.

BCC comments on inflation figures

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) comments on the inflation statistics for May 2019, published today by the Office for National Statistics.