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

Team culture - the shift from remote to hybrid and office working

 

Businesses have adapted to remote working to protect staff and to help curb infection rates during the pandemic. The world changed almost overnight and Zoom and Teams meetings soon became the norm, so it comes as no surprise that returning to “normality” would present some challenges.

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Eight Ways to Improve Sales

Boosting your sales performance is a main objective for any business, regardless of size.  But how do you increase sales effectively?  The customer should always be your main focus, as opposed to just focusing on profit, but there are some other key ways to enable you to take your sales to the next level.  Here are eight ways to enable you to do just that.

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Import, Export, International Trade – the Chamber is Ready to Help

With the UK’s exit from the EU now officially achieved, (ongoing wrinkles and wrangles notwithstanding!), many businesses are revisiting the prospects for international trade both within and outside the EU.

For us at the Chamber, international trade is now scheduled to become a year-long focus, and we have added extensive content to our website to give your business access to the international trade resources and services it needs now more than ever, as we explore briefly below.

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What does the future of the office look like for small businesses?

Twitter recently made the bold announcement that employees would be able to work from home “forever”. The change comes as companies across the globe weigh up how to manage their offices in the coming months - and beyond.

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What is IR35 and how will the new rules impact businesses?

There has been much controversy around the planned government changes to IR35, the legislation meant to prevent employees from passing themselves off as freelancers in order to avoid tax.

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What are the 5 biggest business trends of 2019?

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect, take stock, and look forward to the year ahead. As we head closer to the end of 2019, we’ve been thinking about the biggest trends that have been shaping the small business world this year.

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7 tips on how to win new business for your small company

Winning new business is essential for growth, and in the early days as a small business, gaining just a handful more new customers can make a big difference.

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How to identify new business opportunities in the UK

As an entrepreneur or small business, you’re always on the hunt for new business opportunities. Being able to spot these opportunities is essential for growth, especially in today’s business environment.

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How to build a business referral network

Referrals can be incredibly powerful for your small business - they are the simplest and most consistent way to grow your customer base.

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How are millennial CEOs disrupting the business environment?

It used to be that a CEO would reach the top spot after years of having worked their way steadily up the corporate ladder. People would stay in one organisation for their entire career, and their experience and dedication to the business would earn them that coveted top spot.

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4 key characteristics of an adaptable business

Do you, as a leader, fear change?

Perhaps you've noticed employees are becoming stuck in their ways. Or things have become stagnant.

Does a "this is the way we’ve always done things" attitude permeate the business?

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EFM launches business growth advisory service – EFM Growth

Luton, Bedfordshire: EFM announces the launch of their new business advisory division, EFM Growth. Separate from their more financially focused counterpart, EFM Growth is a new venture with a specialist team, working alongside business owners to support their growth strategy and overcome a wide range of commercial problems. 

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Uncertainty bites as survey shows UK economy stuck in a rut

Attempted recruitment in services firms at lowest for 25 years

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment, and a lead indicator of UK GDP growth - shows little to be cheerful about as growth flatlines and business confidence weakens.

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5 ways a Chamber of Commerce contributes to business growth

The Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over 100 years. And in that time it has used its power and resources to support, enable and elevate businesses around the globe. But today, the Chamber of Commerce conjures up very different meanings for different people.

Read More

Local businesses and trainers join forces in business skills workshops

Starting now until November, Velocity Growth Hub has brought together local business owners and trainers in a programme of new, fully-funded business skills workshops that combine local business knowledge and expert training to give you the best client experience.

Read More

BCC Economic Forecast: UK set for weakest year of GDP growth since 2009

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at 1.3% (from 1.4%) 

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5 steps to future-proof your business

The business landscape is notoriously disruptive, volatile and unpredictable. And for businesses to withstand this level of uncertainty, it’s not enough to simply have the best product, the best price, or even the best service.

Read More

Major New Inward Investments by Aldi and B&M to Create 1,400 New Jobs in Bedford Borough

Two major new regional distribution centres are to be built in Bedford Borough for popular nationwide retailers which will create an estimated 1,400 new jobs for the area.

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What does a post-Brexit world mean for SMEs?

Today marks the one year countdown until the UK officially leaves the EU. And with the Brexit divorce progressing day-by-day, it’s only natural for business owners to feel uncertain about the future.

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Meet Kimberley Nahar Business Growth Enabler at NatWest

Meet Kimberley Nahar Business Growth Enabler at NatWest 

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Now is the best time to aim for growth

With Brexit negotiations and warnings on the impact on growth hitting the headlines regularly, we’d be forgiven in thinking business is in stalemate in deciding on whether or not to invest in growth.

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Adam Marshall: Ambitious growth plan for UK more important to business than Brexit

Addressing the BCC Annual Conference 2018 today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, will remind the government that the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK business community, and country, are not related to exiting the EU, but to the fundamentals in the domestic environment.

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BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launched its flagship Chamber Business Awards at the London Stock Exchange. London Chamber of Commerce & Industry members AnyJunk, last year’s winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ award, has the honour of opening the day’s trading.

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5 business strategy examples that can drive business growth

To keep your business growth strategy steady and alive, it goes without saying that business leaders should always be on the lookout for new opportunities.

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The top 4 benefits of networking

We’ve previously written about how to approach networking to get the most out of it. And it’s worth getting it right as it can help you grow your business.

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Key elements of business success

There’s huge variety in what businesses need to do to stay successful. Luckily, there’s a lot of information and business support out there to help. So what are the key elements of success that business owners and directors need to focus on?

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Know Your EBITDA – top tips to get your business investment-ready

Whether you have a business idea, are starting or scaling up your business for rapid growth, equity investment can be a viable source of funding.

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Velocity Growth Hub ERDF Business Growth Workshops

As part of our business support offer, we continue to run the Autumn / winter ERDF business growth workshops.

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NEW VELOCITY GROWTH HUB ERDF BUSINESS GROWTH WORKSHOPS LAUNCHED

As part of our business support offer, we officially launch the Autumn / Winter ERDF business growth workshops.

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Team culture - the shift from remote to hybrid and office working

 

Businesses have adapted to remote working to protect staff and to help curb infection rates during the pandemic. The world changed almost overnight and Zoom and Teams meetings soon became the norm, so it comes as no surprise that returning to “normality” would present some challenges.

Read More

Eight Ways to Improve Sales

Boosting your sales performance is a main objective for any business, regardless of size.  But how do you increase sales effectively?  The customer should always be your main focus, as opposed to just focusing on profit, but there are some other key ways to enable you to take your sales to the next level.  Here are eight ways to enable you to do just that.

Read More

Import, Export, International Trade – the Chamber is Ready to Help

With the UK’s exit from the EU now officially achieved, (ongoing wrinkles and wrangles notwithstanding!), many businesses are revisiting the prospects for international trade both within and outside the EU.

For us at the Chamber, international trade is now scheduled to become a year-long focus, and we have added extensive content to our website to give your business access to the international trade resources and services it needs now more than ever, as we explore briefly below.

Read More

What does the future of the office look like for small businesses?

Twitter recently made the bold announcement that employees would be able to work from home “forever”. The change comes as companies across the globe weigh up how to manage their offices in the coming months - and beyond.

Read More

What is IR35 and how will the new rules impact businesses?

There has been much controversy around the planned government changes to IR35, the legislation meant to prevent employees from passing themselves off as freelancers in order to avoid tax.

Read More

What are the 5 biggest business trends of 2019?

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect, take stock, and look forward to the year ahead. As we head closer to the end of 2019, we’ve been thinking about the biggest trends that have been shaping the small business world this year.

Read More

7 tips on how to win new business for your small company

Winning new business is essential for growth, and in the early days as a small business, gaining just a handful more new customers can make a big difference.

Read More

How to identify new business opportunities in the UK

As an entrepreneur or small business, you’re always on the hunt for new business opportunities. Being able to spot these opportunities is essential for growth, especially in today’s business environment.

Read More

How to build a business referral network

Referrals can be incredibly powerful for your small business - they are the simplest and most consistent way to grow your customer base.

Read More

How are millennial CEOs disrupting the business environment?

It used to be that a CEO would reach the top spot after years of having worked their way steadily up the corporate ladder. People would stay in one organisation for their entire career, and their experience and dedication to the business would earn them that coveted top spot.

Read More

5 ways a Chamber of Commerce contributes to business growth

The Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over 100 years. And in that time it has used its power and resources to support, enable and elevate businesses around the globe. But today, the Chamber of Commerce conjures up very different meanings for different people.

Read More

Local businesses and trainers join forces in business skills workshops

Starting now until November, Velocity Growth Hub has brought together local business owners and trainers in a programme of new, fully-funded business skills workshops that combine local business knowledge and expert training to give you the best client experience.

Read More

BCC Economic Forecast: UK set for weakest year of GDP growth since 2009

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at 1.3% (from 1.4%) 

Read More

5 steps to future-proof your business

The business landscape is notoriously disruptive, volatile and unpredictable. And for businesses to withstand this level of uncertainty, it’s not enough to simply have the best product, the best price, or even the best service.

Read More

Major New Inward Investments by Aldi and B&M to Create 1,400 New Jobs in Bedford Borough

Two major new regional distribution centres are to be built in Bedford Borough for popular nationwide retailers which will create an estimated 1,400 new jobs for the area.

Read More

What does a post-Brexit world mean for SMEs?

Today marks the one year countdown until the UK officially leaves the EU. And with the Brexit divorce progressing day-by-day, it’s only natural for business owners to feel uncertain about the future.

Read More

Meet Kimberley Nahar Business Growth Enabler at NatWest

Meet Kimberley Nahar Business Growth Enabler at NatWest 

Read More

Now is the best time to aim for growth

With Brexit negotiations and warnings on the impact on growth hitting the headlines regularly, we’d be forgiven in thinking business is in stalemate in deciding on whether or not to invest in growth.

Read More

Adam Marshall: Ambitious growth plan for UK more important to business than Brexit

Addressing the BCC Annual Conference 2018 today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, will remind the government that the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the UK business community, and country, are not related to exiting the EU, but to the fundamentals in the domestic environment.

Read More

BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) launched its flagship Chamber Business Awards at the London Stock Exchange. London Chamber of Commerce & Industry members AnyJunk, last year’s winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ award, has the honour of opening the day’s trading.

Read More

5 business strategy examples that can drive business growth

To keep your business growth strategy steady and alive, it goes without saying that business leaders should always be on the lookout for new opportunities.

Read More

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