- Businesspeople paying close attention to debate on UK’s membership of the EU - but say it has had little material impact on business to date
- ‘Remain’ camp ahead two-to-one amongst business voters, but significant divisions exist on size and export lines
- Renegotiated deal for the UK unlikely to change voting intentions of two in three business leaders.
- The BCC's economic survey for Q2 2015 indicates continued UK economic growth, but highlights sharp differences between manufacturing and services.
- In services, the results remain broadly positive and signal growth.
- But in manufacturing, virtually all the key national balances recorded declines.
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Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement to simply and streamline visa applications, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
- Manufacturing output in August 2013 was -1.2% on the month, -0.2% on the year
- In the three months to August 2013, manufacturing output rose by 1.2% compared with the previous three months
- The UK deficit on trade in goods and services was £3.3bn in August, compared with a deficit of £3.4bn in July
- There was a deficit of £9.6bn on goods, partly offset by an surplus of £6.3bn on services
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Commenting on Prime Minister David Cameron's speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: