Latest updates and stories from Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce and its Members

Businesses ready to scale-up offered support for new Cranfield programme

Businesses who are ready to scale-up are being offered support to attend a new programme launched by Cranfield University. The new programme 'Growth through green: ready to scale’ is aimed at entrepreneurs, micro/SME or freelancers who want to take their business forward and 

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BCC comments on GDP and trade

Commenting on the latest UK GDP statistics, published today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Although there was a rise in GDP between June and July, the zero-growth recorded on the underlying three-month measure points to an economy under pressure

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BCC: Business still unable to prepare fully for a no deal Brexit

New research from the British Chambers of Commerce shows a concerningly high number of UK firms aren’t ready for a no deal Brexit. Business has consistently called on government to avoid a messy and disorderly exit but in light of the political turmoil and relentless uncertainty, clearer and more consistent information is needed to help them prepare.

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Everything you need to know before exporting to India

As the fastest-growing large economy in the world, with a large youth demographic and a rising middle class, India offers exciting export opportunities for UK businesses.

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How to conduct a skills gap analysis in 5 steps

The nation is in the midst of a serious skills shortage, and it’s costing UK businesses an estimated £6.3bn every year, according to a report by The Open University.

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BCC: Political turbulence taking real-world toll

Responding to the latest Westminster developments, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses feel like Westminster is playing an endless game of political chess, while their futures and the health of the UK economy hang in the balance.

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BCC: Simplifying planning rules would go a long way to boost rural coverage

Commenting on the government announcement on proposals to simplify planning rules to improve rural mobile coverage, Mike Spicer, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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11 East Anglian Employers Receive Gold!

The Ministry of Defence today announced the winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award; 

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4 things your business does that qualify for R&D tax credits

When people think of research and development (R&D), they often picture large corporations or specialist science, tech or pharmaceutical companies. This explains why, despite

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