Chamber News

  • GDP Figures Underline Need For Bold Autumn Statement
    16th November 2023

      Responding to the latest GDP data from the ONS, Alex Veitch Director of Policy and Insights at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:    “Today’s preliminary estimate, showing GDP failed to grow in Q3, provides further evidence of the

  • King’s Speech: Missed Opportunity To Help Business In Challenging Times
    16th November 2023

      Responding to today’s King’s Speech, Alex Veitch Director of Policy and Insight at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:    “The King’s Speech opened with an aspiration to increase economic growth – but it failed to outline how that will

  • Unlocking The Planning System To Boost Investment
    4th October 2023

      The British Chambers of Commerce is calling for a series of urgent improvements to unlock the planning system across the UK. The proposals are aimed at creating a more effective and efficient system that boosts business investment. The BCC’s

  • Three Point Plan to Unlock Net Zero
    15th August 2023

    New report by the BCC and Lloyds Bank finds three key changes needed to help business hit Net Zero:    Government should review its support and advice to SMEs on moving to Net Zero Large businesses and institutions must continue

  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce Sets Out Ambitious Action Plan for Skills
    11th August 2023

      Creating a mechanism to deliver cultural and behavioural change in the local skills system is central to the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP), published today by Surrey Chambers of Commerce following approval from the Secretary of State for Education.

  • GBH Law Advises Menzies LLP on Merger with Wags LLP
    20th July 2023

      GBH Law, a leading corporate law firm, is delighted to announce its advisory role in the recent merger of the business and assets of Wags LLP with Menzies LLP. This strategic merger marks a significant milestone in the growth

  • BCC Continues Expansion With New Research Insights Unit  
    3rd July 2023

      As part of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) expanded national offering, it is launching a new Insights Unit to provide businesses with best-in-class intelligence on the big strategic issues impacting the UK economy.     Following on from the

  • More Focus On Trade Needed
    20th June 2023

      Reacting to Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy’s speech at today’s Trade Unlocked event, BCC Head of Trade Policy, William Bain, said: “If we are to build a stronger, more digital and sustainable trading future then it is crucial we

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 19th June 2023
    20th June 2023

      The Surrey Chambers of Commerce AGM took place last week in the beautiful setting of the Merry Harriers in Hambledon. Following the formal business, where President Daniel Morgan gave an overview of a very active year in the life

  • Net Zero Change Pivotal to UK Plc’s Competitiveness
    14th June 2023

      Business says a partnership with Government is vital to meet the UK’s commitment to be Net Zero by 2050.  The proposal is a centrepiece of a new report from business leaders which recommends how we successfully transition to a

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 5th June 2023
    8th June 2023

      We have now submitted a final version of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) report to the Department for Education to review. A huge thank you to all the businesses that have taken the time to share their feedback

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – June 2023
    30th May 2023

      All things skills At the end of May we submitted our Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) to the Department for Education, having engaged with many different sectors to ensure a robust set of qualitative data. As reported before we

  • Shevaun Haviland: A Critical Time for Business to be Heard
    17th May 2023

      Director General of the BCC, Shevaun Haviland, is to urge the Government to reconnect with business as firms see no progress on the barriers to growth.   She will speak out at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Global Annual

  • New Chapter for Mackrell Turner Garrett
    12th May 2023

      Partners and staff at Mackrell Turner Garett are delighted to announce the firm’s merger with established south coast legal brand, Dutton Gregory Solicitors. Both full-service law firms were established over 70 years ago and have since proved their commitment

  • BCC Welcomes Fresh Tack On EU Regulation Reform
    11th May 2023

      Reacting to news of planned changes to the Government approach on EU regulation reform, Jane Gratton, Head of People Policy at the BCC, said:     “Firms will breathe a huge sigh of relief that steps are being taken to

  • Business Would Welcome Removal Of REUL Sunset Clause
    3rd May 2023

      Reacting to reports that the sunset clause might be removed from the Retained EU Law Bill, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: “Over the past few months, the BCC has consistently put forward a strong

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – May 2023
    2nd May 2023

      The Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) has reached a milestone where we have consolidated our key findings into a number of priority themes that will form the basis of the LSIP report, which will be submitted for approval to

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 24th April
    28th April 2023

      As part of our national Chamber network, we have just completed our latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook (QRO), a survey of more than 5,000 UK firms of all sectors and sizes which reveals, as expected, that businesses are still facing

  • Quarterly Recruitment Outlook: No Sign of Hiring Difficulties Easing 
    26th April 2023

      80% of businesses surveyed (92% of whom are SMEs) attempting to recruit have faced challenges, with hospitality and manufacturing firms still the most likely to report difficulties   Almost six in ten (59%) businesses are actively trying to recruit

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 10th April
    12th April 2023

      We have had a very short pause in activity as everyone focused on a long weekend, but events are stepping up again to provide businesses opportunities to meet up with potential clients and suppliers. The Local Skills Improvement Plan