Chamber News

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 28th November 2022
    28th November 2022

      Budget reaction The Chancellor stayed true to his word in focusing on financial stability and targeting support for the most vulnerable in society. But in the teeth of a recession, this statement has not increased business confidence. Businesses welcomed support with business rates, and retention of the employment allowance, although the reduction in the dividend allowance will impact many smaller firms.

  • Spelthorne Business Awards Winners
    18th November 2022

      The hard work and achievements of local businesses was celebrated at the Spelthorne Business Awards held at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton on 17 November. Tracey Carter, Senior Economic Development Officer said, “I would like to thank our sponsors for

  • Autumn Statement Unlikely to Boost Business Confidence
    18th November 2022

      Reacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, BCC Director General, Shevaun Haviland, said: “The Chancellor has stayed true to his word in focusing on financial stability and targeting support for the most vulnerable in society. But in the teeth of a recession, this statement will not increase business confidence. “Businesses will look at today’s announcements and welcome support with business rates, and

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 17th November 2022
    17th November 2022

    Surrey Chambers has signed up to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Business Manifesto, sent to the Prime Minister to get firms through the tough months ahead and prepare them for growth going forward. We hope that this will influence

  • Slowdown Hits UK Goods Trade as Impact of Cost Pressures Grows
    11th November 2022

    Reacting to the ONS Trade data for September 2022, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said:    “The effects of higher inflation and reduced consumer spending globally on UK trade are growing clearer as both imports and exports

  • Outlook Worsening as Production Sector of Economy Hits Trouble
    11th November 2022

    Reacting to the first ONS estimates on GDP for Q3 2022, David Bharier, Head of Research at the BCC, said:    “Today’s figures, showing a 0.2% fall in the quarterly estimate for Q3 GDP, as well as a 0.6% fall in monthly

  • Top Tips to Help Your Business Use Less Energy This Autumn
    25th October 2022

      With energy bills in the news, businesses of all sizes are keeping a close eye on how much they’re using day to day. We know that small business owners are working flat out to keep their business running and

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 24th October 2022
    24th October 2022

    Following weeks of chaos and uncertainty, we now congratulate Rishi Sunak as our new Prime Minister, who needs to return us to both political and economic stability. The new administration must immediately set out how they plan to deal with

  • New PM Must Restore Business Confidence
    24th October 2022

    Reacting to the announcement of the new Prime Minister, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “We would like to congratulate Rishi Sunak on his appointment as Prime Minister.    “The political and economic uncertainty

  • BCC Statement Following PM Resignation
    20th October 2022

      Reacting to the PM’s resignation, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC, said: “Following weeks of chaos and uncertainty, the Prime Minister has resigned. Her resignation means the UK now faces even greater uncertainty, just as it stands on the cusp of a recession. “It is now vital the Conservative Party speedily comes to

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 17th October 2022
    20th October 2022

      Great new President for the British Chambers of Commerce We are delighted that entrepreneur and business leader Baroness Martha Lane-Fox CBE has been elected the new President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). As President, Baroness Lane-Fox will

  • BCC Response to PM’s Statement
    14th October 2022

    Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC, said:  “The Prime Minister was right to take some action now. We have been calling for the Government to urgently address market volatility, return stability

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 6th October 2022
    6th October 2022

    Energy explained Having announced support for businesses with their energy we have been finding out what this actually means. The new scheme is all about capping wholesale energy costs. Wholesale (commodity) electricity prices will be capped at 21.1p/kWh and gas

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 30th September 2022
    30th September 2022

    A few lights in our challenging business environment Following some early heads up there was some good news from the government on support for businesses, who have been receiving eye watering energy bills. The support package on offer is significant

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 26th September 2022
    26th September 2022

    Some relief on energy bills Some good news this week from the government on support for businesses, who have been receiving eye watering energy bills. The support package on offer is significant and will ease the cost pressures that have

  • No Relief for Businesses as Inflation Remains High
    14th September 2022

    Commenting on the Office for National Statistics inflation figures for August 2022,  Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Alex Veitch, said:   “This rise in Consumer Prices Index inflation by 9.9% confirms the sustained pressure businesses and consumers have been facing over

  • Squeezed Labour Market Harming Firms’ Ability to Invest and Grow
    13th September 2022

    Commenting on the latest ONS Labour Market statistics released today, BCC Head of People Policy, Jane Gratton, said:  “With firms doing their best to keep afloat during a period of spiralling costs, they are also facing an extremely tight labour

  • Trade in Fuels Drives UK Imports and Exports in July
    12th September 2022

    Reacting to the latest ONS figures on Trade for July 2022, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: Trade data overview Imports Overall goods imports from the EU decreased by 0.3% (lower car imports from Germany and

  • BCC Welcomes Government Support for Businesses on Energy Bills
    8th September 2022

    Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement on a cap for businesses’ energy bills, Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC, said: “The BCC welcomes this quick and positive intervention from Government. It is clear the new Prime Minister has listened to

  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 6th September 2022
    6th September 2022

    Business support urgently needed We would like to congratulate Liz Truss on running a successful campaign to become the UK’s new Prime Minister. She must now take immediate steps to support the economy. The last few months have been difficult for everyone,

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