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

7 ways to improve well-being in the workplace

Managing a workforce of multiple personalities, likes, dislikes, learning abilities and working preferences is a task in itself.

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New apprenticeship system is increasing costs and uncertainty for business

Six months after its introduction, businesses remain in the dark about how best to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy, according to a survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in conjunction with Middlesex University London.

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4 in 5 businesses hit by rising employment costs

Around 4 in every 5 businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to a survey released today by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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Great British Workforce

‘The Great British Workforce Revolution’ Conference.
London. 9.00 am – 6.00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013.

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Efforts needed to create jobs

  • In the three months to June 2013, unemployment fell by 4,000, and employment rose by 69,000, compared with the previous quarter
  • Long term unemployment is up, with further increases in the number of those unemployed for more than one year and two years
  • Youth unemployment has risen by 15,000 in the three months to June, and now stands at 973,000
  • In July 2013 the claimant count fell by 29,200, compared with June
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