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

To grow your business, grow your people

As a business owner, you know that your people are the heart of your company. They are your most valuable asset, and so it would follow that investing in your staff is a steadfast way to grow your business.

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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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HSBC UK commits £250m to SMEs in Bedfordshire, Northants and Milton Keynes

HSBC UK has launched a £250m lending fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, as part of its commitment to help businesses realise their ambitions for growthand navigate Brexit.

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Local gin distillery scales with Chamber Productivity and Growth Programme

Mary Vincent of Willow Tree Gin is a solo female entrepreneur with a passion for food and drink.

Her love of creating new recipes and experimenting with herbs was the guiding force behind her business venture.

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BCC forecast: Fall in sterling failing to lift UK growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today slightly downgraded its medium-term outlook for the UK economy over the next few years. While the BCC has slightly upgraded its UK growth forecast for 2017 from 1.5% to 1.6%, its growth expectations for 2018 and 2019 have been cut from 1.3% to 1.2%, and 1.5% to 1.4% respectively.

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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: UK economic growth softened further in Q1 2016

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey – Britain’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey, based on over 8,500 responses from firms in Q1 2016 – suggests that growth in the UK economy continued to soften in the first quarter, with most key survey indicators either static or decreasing.

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Global Headwinds and Uncertainty Slow UK Growth in 2016

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast, from 2.5% to 2.2% in 2016, and from 2.5% to 2.3% in 2017; for 2018, included for the first time in the forecast, GDP growth of 2.4% is predicted.

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Weak trade and manufacturing figures nudge down UK growth forecast

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast, from 2.6% to 2.4% in 2015, from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2016, and from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2017.

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Strong service sector and consumer spending drive UK growth upgrade

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for the next three years, from 2.3% to 2.6% in 2015, 2.6% to 2.7% in 2016, and 2.6% to 2.7% in 2017. The principal driver for the leading business group’s forecast upgrade is stronger than previously expected growth in both the UK’s service sector and consumer spending.

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