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

BCC: Credit ‘apathy’ restricting potential growth opportunities for SMEs

• Over half of UK businesses did not attempt to access finance in the last year
• One-in-two businesses that did seek finance did so because of cash flow
• Investment intentions are focused on incremental investments

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Cranfield students to take part in global finance challenge

Students from Cranfield School of Management are preparing to compete against their peers from around the world in a global financial management contest.

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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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Central partnership for Bedfordshire Accountant

Ben Halstead, Partner in charge of Streets Chartered Accountants’ Bedford (Wyboston Lakes) office has become a member of the firm’s central partnership.

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Autumn Statement addresses key business concerns

Commenting on the Autumn Statement, delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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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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EFM rebrands

Award winning company EFM  tells the world as it rebrands and announces the launch of its new website, how it has always differentiated itself from a normal accountancy practice and how its unique solution of giving businesses access to full time finance professionals at part time cost has helped a multitude of clients become more successful at what they do.

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BCC:Sustainable recovery

Commenting on Business Secretary Vince Cable’s speech at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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Prioritise business lending

Commenting on the MPC decision, announced today by the Bank of England, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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