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

Five Tips for Small and Medium Business Success in Today’s Challenging Climate

For many UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the road is rough at the moment. We’ve spoken to our own expert members, and found some of the best resources on the web, to bring you these five tips for staying successful in a new and unpredictable world.


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The Climate Change Challenge and Its Effect on SMEs

The 2019 Climate Change Act commits the UK to ‘net zero’ by 2050, increasing the UK’s duty to a 100% cutback in emissions by 2050.

But what does it mean for businesses? What can SMEs do to ensure they are meeting targets?

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Developing Your Workforce

Three in four employers are experiencing recruitment difficulties, changes to immigration policies following Brexit have presented further barriers, and the evident skills shortage seen across sectors is forcing companies to look at different ways to fill the skills gap. Whilst training and up-skilling existing employees is an obvious and effective solution, it can only go some of the way, and more practical solutions need to be identified and implemented.

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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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Brexit and beyond: what should small businesses expect?

Back in March this year, we wrote a blog post advising small businesses on how to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. At the time, we were approaching the original Brexit date of March 29 2019.

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Introducing Finance Director on Demand service for SMEs

EFM has recently launched a new service "Finance Director on Demand" designed as a free helpline for SMEs providing practical guidance and support with business financial matters.

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How to promote an ethical and positive business culture

Your culture is the lifeblood of your business. In an environment where moral and ethical values are promoted and people are encouraged to think and feel more positively, employees and teams will thrive. This fosters better teamwork, better customer service and as a result, a better overall business performance.

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BCC: Small businesses don’t see UK tax system as level playing field

Business believes that the UK tax system is fundamentally unfair and want more support to stay compliant, according to new research released today by the British Chambers of Commerce.
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Local Chartered Accountants help businesses celebrate success at National Awards

A local firm of Chartered Accountants has helped celebrate the successes of the UK’s Small Businesses at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

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Accolades for Bedfordshire firms at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce members, Kimm and Miller and Jam Crackers, have been crowned Winners of 2 categories in the East of England Regional heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017.  Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.

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NEW VELOCITY GROWTH HUB ERDF BUSINESS GROWTH WORKSHOPS LAUNCHED

As part of our business support offer, we officially launch the Autumn / Winter ERDF business growth workshops.

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New help for small businesses launched

A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed is being launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed is being launched today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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Is a lack of skills costing you business?

The recent growth of jobs in the UK is a great success story. However, in order for this growth to be sustained and to translate into real tangible benefits for business and the economy, there needs to be a real investment in training and skills.

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Chamber Awards 2015

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This year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is proud to be hosting its twelfth annual Chamber Awards.

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Bedfordshire's Top 100

EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE BOARD FOR BEDFORDSHIRE BUSINESSES

Bedfordshire Limited 2014 2

A new report published  has revealed that Bedfordshire’s top 100 businesses are in much better shape than this time last year, showing excellent growth in profitability with earnings up 13%.

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Queen’s Speech: Action, not words and bills, is what matters for business

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

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Chamber Annual Awards

From local standout to national champion: Chamber Awards to put best of British business on the map

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BCC calls for less red-tape

Commenting on the new Small and Micro Business Assessment, which has been announced by Michael Fallon today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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Bold policies needed for growth

Commenting on the labour market statistics, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

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BCC: Minimum Wage rise

Commenting on the government’s decisions today on National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2013, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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QES: Growth will be subdued

  • BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey for Q1 2013 shows progress, with almost all major balances improving compared with Q4 2012. 
  • British businesses are resilient, but many balances are still below pre-recession levels and growth remains too low.
  • John Longworth: “These results provide a glimpse of the as-yet-distant sunlit uplands of recovery. Businesses up and down the country are working hard to drive the economy, create jobs and export, but they cannot accelerate this process alone.”

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SMEs: Take part in documentary

Do you own your own company?   Do you need to attract more customers?  Would you benefit from some marketing advice?  A new documentary series about SMEs wants to hear from you.

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Online tax week

For the first time businesses are being offered interactive support with their tax affairs by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Read More

BIS seeks 'entrepreneurs in residence'

BIS Minister Michael Fallon has announced that the government are looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. They want to bring small businesses and entrepreneurs in to the heart of government in order to ensure that policy decisions have the small firm perspective taken into account from the very outset.

Read More

Lord Young leading review into barriers holding back SME growth

Lord Young is leading a review into barriers holding back SME growth. The key areas the review will focus on are HR, finance, new markets, business planning, and subsequent issues around these that affect businesses as they grow.

The BCC will be responding to the call for evidence and we are keen to hear views from members on two issues in particular:

Read More

Five Tips for Small and Medium Business Success in Today’s Challenging Climate

For many UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the road is rough at the moment. We’ve spoken to our own expert members, and found some of the best resources on the web, to bring you these five tips for staying successful in a new and unpredictable world.


Read More

The Climate Change Challenge and Its Effect on SMEs

The 2019 Climate Change Act commits the UK to ‘net zero’ by 2050, increasing the UK’s duty to a 100% cutback in emissions by 2050.

But what does it mean for businesses? What can SMEs do to ensure they are meeting targets?

Read More

Developing Your Workforce

Three in four employers are experiencing recruitment difficulties, changes to immigration policies following Brexit have presented further barriers, and the evident skills shortage seen across sectors is forcing companies to look at different ways to fill the skills gap. Whilst training and up-skilling existing employees is an obvious and effective solution, it can only go some of the way, and more practical solutions need to be identified and implemented.

Read More

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.

Read More

Brexit and beyond: what should small businesses expect?

Back in March this year, we wrote a blog post advising small businesses on how to prepare for the UK leaving the EU. At the time, we were approaching the original Brexit date of March 29 2019.

Read More

Introducing Finance Director on Demand service for SMEs

EFM has recently launched a new service "Finance Director on Demand" designed as a free helpline for SMEs providing practical guidance and support with business financial matters.

Read More

How to promote an ethical and positive business culture

Your culture is the lifeblood of your business. In an environment where moral and ethical values are promoted and people are encouraged to think and feel more positively, employees and teams will thrive. This fosters better teamwork, better customer service and as a result, a better overall business performance.

Read More

BCC: Small businesses don’t see UK tax system as level playing field

Business believes that the UK tax system is fundamentally unfair and want more support to stay compliant, according to new research released today by the British Chambers of Commerce.
Read More

Local Chartered Accountants help businesses celebrate success at National Awards

A local firm of Chartered Accountants has helped celebrate the successes of the UK’s Small Businesses at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Read More

Accolades for Bedfordshire firms at 2017 Chamber Business Awards

Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce members, Kimm and Miller and Jam Crackers, have been crowned Winners of 2 categories in the East of England Regional heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017.  Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.

Read More

Chamber Awards 2015

J5378_CHAMBER AWARDS LOGO 2015

This year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is proud to be hosting its twelfth annual Chamber Awards.

Read More

Bedfordshire's Top 100

EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE BOARD FOR BEDFORDSHIRE BUSINESSES

Bedfordshire Limited 2014 2

A new report published  has revealed that Bedfordshire’s top 100 businesses are in much better shape than this time last year, showing excellent growth in profitability with earnings up 13%.

Read More

Queen’s Speech: Action, not words and bills, is what matters for business

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

Read More

Chamber Annual Awards

From local standout to national champion: Chamber Awards to put best of British business on the map

Read More

BCC calls for less red-tape

Commenting on the new Small and Micro Business Assessment, which has been announced by Michael Fallon today, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

Read More

Bold policies needed for growth

Commenting on the labour market statistics, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

Read More

BCC: Minimum Wage rise

Commenting on the government’s decisions today on National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2013, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

Read More

QES: Growth will be subdued

  • BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey for Q1 2013 shows progress, with almost all major balances improving compared with Q4 2012. 
  • British businesses are resilient, but many balances are still below pre-recession levels and growth remains too low.
  • John Longworth: “These results provide a glimpse of the as-yet-distant sunlit uplands of recovery. Businesses up and down the country are working hard to drive the economy, create jobs and export, but they cannot accelerate this process alone.”

Read More

SMEs: Take part in documentary

Do you own your own company?   Do you need to attract more customers?  Would you benefit from some marketing advice?  A new documentary series about SMEs wants to hear from you.

Read More

Online tax week

For the first time businesses are being offered interactive support with their tax affairs by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Read More

BIS seeks 'entrepreneurs in residence'

BIS Minister Michael Fallon has announced that the government are looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. They want to bring small businesses and entrepreneurs in to the heart of government in order to ensure that policy decisions have the small firm perspective taken into account from the very outset.

Read More

Lord Young leading review into barriers holding back SME growth

Lord Young is leading a review into barriers holding back SME growth. The key areas the review will focus on are HR, finance, new markets, business planning, and subsequent issues around these that affect businesses as they grow.

The BCC will be responding to the call for evidence and we are keen to hear views from members on two issues in particular:

Read More

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