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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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BCC announces future change of Director General 

The Board of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today announced that Director General Dr Adam Marshall will leave the organisation in the Spring of 2021. 

BCC responds to government support to prevent business evictions

BCC Co-Executive Director Claire Walker comments on extended support to prevent business evictions until the end of 2020, announced by the government today.

BCC responds to ONS' September labour market figures

BCC Head of Economics Suren Thiru comments on the ONS labour market figures for September 2020.

BCC President warns PM of “difficult winter ahead” without bolder action to restart UK economy

In a letter to the Prime Minister, BCC President Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith has said businesses face “the most difficult trading conditions in post-war history” and set out a series of measures to help government take a “sharper approach” to restarting the UK economy.