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

BCC: UK showing signs of 'two-tier' growth, as services race ahead of manufacturing

  • The BCC's economic survey for Q2 2015 indicates continued UK economic growth, but highlights sharp differences between manufacturing and services.
  • In services, the results remain broadly positive and signal growth.
  • But in manufacturing, virtually all the key national balances recorded declines.
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Working with universities

Could your business work with universities to a greater degree?   Central Bedfordshire Council is asking managers of local businesses to take part in a survey which begins on 19th August 2013.

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Exporters should think global

A survey of more than 4,500 businesses released today  by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows that the number of exporting firms continues to increase. The survey also shows that those who ‘think global’, either because they have previously worked abroad or they collaborate with international partners in business, are far more likely to export than those with little international experience.

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Be prepared!

Close to 100 Bedfordshire and Luton businesses completed a survey during Business Continuity Awareness Week this March about how prepared they are if disaster strikes. In a prize draw that accompanied the survey Bedfordshire business Kidatu Ltd won an iPad Mini and a free session with experts from the Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum (BLLRF) to develop its Business Continuity Plan.

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Apprenticeships: Your views

The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Provider Network are keen to hear views from employers across Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire about 16-24 Youth Unemployment and how you feel about Apprenticeships.

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Businesses want a re-negotiated relationship with Europe

Ahead of the Prime Minister's long-awaited policy speech on Europe later this month the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has today called for a pragmatic re-negotiation of Britain's relationship with the rest of the EU, reflecting the interests of businesses across the economy.

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Businesses’ trust in banks declines, according to BCC survey

 A survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce reveals falling levels of trust in financial institutions among businesses. The results, comprising responses from 1,560 businesses, show that although banks and building societies are the main source of finance for firms, half of businesses lack trust in these financial institutions. 

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Bedfordshire Chamber urges businesses to support London Luton Airport consultation on future of the airport

London Luton Airport Operations Limited have launched a consultation on their vision for the future of the airport, and are seeking the feedback of all those who have an interest in its development and improvement. The airport is one of the region’s most important assets. It is currently the 5th largest airport in the UK, was the fastest growing in 2011, and flies an increasing number of UK business passengers abroad on business.

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BCC’s Q3 QES results show economy remains stagnant

The British Chambers of Commerce’s new Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) released today (Tuesday) shows that economic growth in the UK remains weak,with the Q3 results slightly worse than the previous quarter. 

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