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

BCC: UK’s weak trade position shows no signs of improving

Commenting on the trade statistics for September, released today by the ONS, Mike Spicer, Director of Research Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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Exporters concerned economic conditions will dampen performance

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL, today publishes its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook, which shows that while many exporters continue to put in a solid performance, wider economic factors are a cause of concern.

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BCC election manifesto: Brexit and Beyond

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today launched ‘Brexit and Beyond’, the Chamber Network manifesto for General Election 2017.

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British Chambers of Commerce comments on the triggering of Article 50 and the start of Brexit negotiations

Commenting on the triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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BCC Economic Forecast: UK growth upgraded for 2017 but to remain flat in the medium-term

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2017 from 1.1% to 1.4%. However, it has downgraded its expectations slightly for 2018 from 1.4% to 1.3%, and published its first forecast for 2019 of 1.5% growth.

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Weak trade and manufacturing figures nudge down UK growth forecast

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast, from 2.6% to 2.4% in 2015, from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2016, and from 2.7% to 2.5% in 2017.

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UK must focus on export support

  • BCC’s Director General, John Longworth, gives keynote speech at business group’s International Trade Conference
  • Vince Cable; Chuka Umunna; Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyJet; David Milner, CEO Tyrrells Crisps; and Lord Bilamoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer confirmed as guest speakers

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BCC: Changes to visa system show UK open to investment

Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement to simply and streamline visa applications, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

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BCC: Trade & manufacturing figures

  • Manufacturing output in August 2013 was -1.2% on the month, -0.2% on the year
  • In the three months to August 2013, manufacturing output rose by 1.2% compared with the previous three months
  • The UK deficit on trade in goods and services was £3.3bn in August, compared with a deficit of £3.4bn in July
  • There was a deficit of £9.6bn on goods, partly offset by an surplus of £6.3bn on services
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