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

Business finance system broken

  • Total business lending (loans and overdrafts) fell by £3.8bn in August 2013, the largest fall since December 2012
  • SME lending fell by £0.7bn in August 2013

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BCC: Tories, be ambitious for UK

As the Conservative Party Conference gets underway in Manchester, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is today (Monday) issuing a clear message to the Prime Minister and his colleagues to ‘get moving’ on the delivery of pro-growth policies that will benefit the nation as a whole.

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BCC: Budget 2013

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Budget speech, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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Banking: Culture must change

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Commenting on the speech on banking delivered  by Business Secretary Vince Cable, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

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BCC on banking reform

PiggyCommenting on today's speech on the Banking Reform Bill by Chancellor George Osborne, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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Get behind development of London Luton Airport, get behind business says Chamber Chief Executive

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern at opposition to plans to develop London Luton Airport by local interest groups in Hertfordshire saying they ignore the importance of the airport to the local and sub-regional economy.

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Businesses in dire need of access to finance, says BCC

  • Business lending fell by £2.1bn in December 2012
  • Net lending to business contracted by £18.7bn for the year 2012

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Autumn Statement: Urgency, scale and delivery are the watchwords for growth

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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BCC sets out proposals for a British Business Bank

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has  published a paper setting out the detailed case for the establishment of a state-backed British Business Bank.

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