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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.

Click here to find out more
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 WELCOMES LAUNCH OF UK-GULF CO-OPERATION COUNCIL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS 

These negotiations are likely to be more complex than the others recently undertaken by the UK Government. But they also have the potential for a greater uplift for exporters across the UK, particularly in services and emerging technology.

ECONOMY ON A KNIFE EDGE AS INFLATION KEEPS CLIMBING

Inflation is set to continue upwards, with a further rise in the energy price cap yet to come, leaving businesses with mounting economic uncertainty, alongside labour shortages.

UNCERTAINTY REMAINS ON FUTURE OF STANDARDS MARKING SYSTEM

There is some way to go before businesses will have complete assurance about the operation of the new markings systems.

Chamber LGBTQ+ celebrates Pride Month 2022

​June is a month when we see businesses across the UK painting their usually untouchable brand livery all shades of rainbow in support of LGBTQ+ employees, customers and stakeholders.