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

Uncertainty bites as survey shows UK economy stuck in a rut

Attempted recruitment in services firms at lowest for 25 years

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey – the UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment, and a lead indicator of UK GDP growth - shows little to be cheerful about as growth flatlines and business confidence weakens.

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Luton Skills Platform

Luton Council have built a new skills platform, and are now at a stage to add your organisation (if you wish) on to the system.

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Skills programme launched to help young people get ready for the workplace

Luton continues with its ambitious plans to transform the town with the launch of its new skills programme for young people.

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Manufacturing skills problem on path to full blown crisis

With the UK manufacturing PMI and CBI SME trends survey out today, Atul Kariya, head of manufacturing at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, comments on the urgent need to address the growing skills crisis threatening the sector:

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New apprenticeship system is increasing costs and uncertainty for business

Six months after its introduction, businesses remain in the dark about how best to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy, according to a survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in conjunction with Middlesex University London.

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Firms invest in local labour but need foreign skills to plug shortages

Half of UK businesses have faced skills or labour shortages in the last year, but only a minority are actively looking overseas to fill vacancies, according to a survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with Middlesex University London. 

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Raise career aspirations of young women to achieve gender parity

  • BCC launches report on ways to boost the number of women entering well-paid, science & technology and engineering careers on International Women’s Day
  • Findings based on BCC and Government Equalities Office scheme that worked with more than 1,400 female pupils, 38 businesses and 37 schools across England
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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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