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

Shortage of digital skills hampering business productivity and growth

Digital skills are increasingly important to the operation of businesses in the UK but companies are facing a shortage of skills in their workforce

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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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Career skills in spotlight as schools return

To coincide with the start of the new school term, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has unveiled an ambitious plan to put thousands of young people in England directly in touch with local businesses, to improve the quality of careers advice they receive.

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Funded Student Placements for Manufacturing & Engineering Companies

Are you a manufacturing or engineering company based in the LU postcode?  If so, would you be interested in a fully funded student working with you with no financial outlay?

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Queen’s Speech is a step in the right direction for business

Giving his reaction to the Queen’s Speech delivered today, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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Manufacturing recovery - still challenges

  • Manufacturing output rose 1.2% between August and September 2013, while total production increased by 0.9%
  • In the three months to September 2013, manufacturing output rose 0.9% over the previous three months, but when compared with a year earlier, there was only a minimal increase (0.1%)
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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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