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Building the Towns and Cities of Tomorrow

Building the Towns and Cities of Tomorrow

The British Chambers of Commerce and Legal & General have published a major report detailing how best to boost investment in our towns and cities across the UK, how they face barriers to investment, and how unlocking any further investment will help growth

The report, titled Building the Towns and Cities of Tomorrow, looks in detail at eight cities across the country, and finds that despite the positives associated with urban regeneration, the complex issues facing our towns and cities require action across many fronts. The economic weight of London brings challenges and opportunities; an entrenched problem is the real or perceived lack of prospects – with post-industrial towns not providing or showcasing the opportunities for ambitious careers.


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HVM Catapult - Guide for Small Businesses

HVM Catapult - Guide for Small Businesses

Find out how the High Value Manufacturing Catapult could support your business with the resources needed to innovate and grow.

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Road and rail infrastructure not meeting the needs of business

Road and rail infrastructure not meeting the needs of business

Over a third of businesses don’t believe that the UK’s road and rail networks are meeting their needs, according to the latest research by the British Chambers of Commerce .

The results, based on a survey of over 1,100 business across the UK, found that 39% of firms don’t believe that UK’s rail network meets their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employers, compared to 34% that do.The survey also found that over a third of businesses (36%) believe that the UK rail network is less reliable than five years ago, compared to only 17% that say it’s more reliable.


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Infrastructure Survey 2018 - Port Infrastructure

Infrastructure Survey 2018 - Port Infrastructure

BCC, in partnership with the Port of Dover, finds that over a third (36%) of traders rely on the just-in-time delivery of material and components, but that many are not preparing for changes to customs procedures after Brexit.

Nearly a third (29%) of companies believe they will be impacted in terms of administration, costs or operations by delays or congestion at UK or European ports after Brexit but still aren’t yet planning for it.

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Planning system must work better for business

Planning system must work better for business

The planning system in England is more complex, costly and difficult for business than it was five years ago, according to a major report published by the British Chambers of Commerce.

The BCC report says that five years after the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which was designed to make the system less complex and more accessible, businesses are experiencing too many delays and barriers to investment.

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HVM Catapult - Guide for Small Businesses

HVM Catapult - Guide for Small Businesses

Find out how the High Value Manufacturing Catapult could support your business with the resources needed to innovate and grow.

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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.