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Trade Manifesto

At the British Chambers of Commerce, we believe that international trade can make every business a better one.

With more than 160 years of experience in the world of trade we know that once you open the door to overseas exports then the possibilities for expansion are endless. That’s why we want to build a business community in the United Kingdom where more than half of firms export. Our Chamber Network already does that, and we want to help thousands more do it too.


Why is exporting so important?

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We are experts in international trade

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BCC says November Trade data shows imports rebounding as exports remain flat

Looking at the last six months, a clear picture is emerging of significantly lower EU imports to the UK than three years ago, with a smaller reduction in exports to the EU.

BCC:  Stronger GDP growth in November unlikely to be sustained

The latest figures confirmed a significant uptick in growth in November, before the emergence of Omicron and the implementation of Plan B. This is likely to be followed by a modest fall in output in December and January, as consumer caution to socialise and spend, and mounting staff absences limit activity.

BCC says LFT supply must improve to make 5-day isolation effective

Businesses are continuing to tell us they are struggling with high levels of absence due to Covid and will welcome the news it is judged safe to further reduce the isolation period. But too many say that staff are also finding it difficult to get the Lateral Flow Tests they need to prove they can return to work.

BCC  welcomes launch of trade negotiations with India

If agreement can be reached with India on tariff reduction, removing technical barriers to trade in goods and services, and on digital trade it has the best potential of any of the UK’s individual free trade negotiations to date.