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

Promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has recently reported that almost 30% of businesses have seen an increase in the number of employees taking time off for mental health reasons, according to a survey conducted by both the BCC and Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer.  

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Slice your working hours and maximise your productivity

Ian Luckett of Innovate to Success shares with us the secrets to creating a profitable, successful and sustainable business just by deliberately planning out what you do each day.

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Lobbying: What can be achieved when you have a voice?

By definition, lobbying is “The act of attempting to influence business and government leaders to create legislation or conduct an activity that will help a particular organisation.”

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How can SMEs tackle impending recruitment challenges?

Commenting on last quarter’s results of the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey, Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, said:

“The availability of skilled staff remains the biggest issue that firms face. 

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Your checklist to becoming a zero waste business

Frivolous plastic disposal is causing unthinkable damage to wildlife, ecosystems and even our food chains. It’s an epidemic that will continue to proliferate until we consciously and collectively start to change our behaviour.

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Are mobile ‘NotSpots’ destroying your productivity?

Connectivity is a basic business requirement today, and erratic mobile coverage can be a significant hindrance for businesses on the ability to perform.

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Common obstacles to export and how to overcome them

As the results from our Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) demonstrate, 20% of respondents saw export sales increase in Q2 of 2018. Since this comes at a time of uncertainty due to Brexit, 

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BCC: delay roll-out of Making Tax Digital

BCC: delay roll-out of Making Tax Digital

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Growing your own talent with the apprenticeship levy

Following on from our previous post, here we discuss how the UK's apprenticeship levy can benefit business owners.

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