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

8 ways you could be sabotaging your recruitment process

Your recruitment process could be hampering your business' progression in more ways than one. Of course, as we all know, it's a tough process to get it right. You can't always predict how candidates will perform once they're past the interview stage. And with new roles coming into fruition and widening the skills gap, talent can be thin on the ground.

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10 questions to ask before you hire

It’s understandable that the majority of the population associates job interviews with crippling nerves and feelings of fear and dread.

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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: UK economy treading water despite export boost

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BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Subdued growth in Q2 amid challenging business conditions

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private-sector business survey. Based on the responses of over 7,700 businesses in Q2 2017, the results for both sectors indicate that the UK economy grew at a subdued rate in the second quarter of 2017.

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Quarterly Economic Survey: Solid economic growth likely in Q1 but inflation remains a key risk

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey. 

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First ever London Luton Airport (LLA) Jobs and Careers Fair

How local people are benefitting from business investment.


Bedfordshire is on a roll at the moment. From the Airlander project at Cardington to progress in plans for a new stadium for the Hatters, there is a real sense of economic momentum across the region.

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Successful Your Future Event in Bedford – 19th November 2015

‘I found it great as I didn’t have much idea what to do but I have lots of ideas now’

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Businesses and schools ‘still worlds apart’ on readiness for work

Two-thirds of businesses (69%) believe that secondary schools are not effective at preparing young people for work, according to a major new UK-wide survey of over 3,500 business and education leaders published today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), just hours before the latest national employment figures are published.

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Business bounces back in Q4, but will it last in the New Year?

  • The balances for businesses that tried to recruit staff were at an all-time high in Q4
  • John Longworth says that businesses are well placed to grow in 2015, but their optimism may not last if ‘political point scoring’ outweighs sound economic policies during the election campaign
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