BCC and Indeed: Immigration proposals could exacerbate labour shortages

Over half of UK businesses with staff from outside the UK would be negatively impacted by government proposals for the UK’s future immigration system, according to new research released today by the British Chambers of Commerce and global job site Indeed. According to a survey of 380 businesses that currently employ non-UK nationals, 53% report they would […]

International Trade Month of June. Review.

During the month of June, we were hosting a range of events catering for both seasoned exporters looking for new markets, as well as businesses wanting to explore the potential of selling overseas.   6th June 2019: BCC International Trade summit. The British Chambers of Commerce held their annual International Trade summit in Birmingham where Nick Patrick, […]

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q2 2019: UK growth stalling amid manufacturing slowdown

The British Chambers of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey – the largest private sector survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth, closely watched by policymakers including the Bank of England – finds that underlying economic conditions remained stagnant in the second quarter of 2019. The balance of manufacturing firms reporting improved domestic orders […]

Global Manufacturer GRIPPLE Opens Base in Japan

Gripple, the globally renowned manufacturer of suspension systems for building services, has opened a new office and 500 sqm warehouse facility in Kobe as it seeks to further expand its business in Japan. The official opening event, attended by Hidetoshi Terasaki, Kobe City’s vice mayor and Gripple’s UK-based managing director, Ed Stubbs included product demonstrations […]

Employer Survey: Recruiting & Working with International Students/Graduates

In March 2017, Universities UK released the results of its new research conducted by Oxford Economics, showing that international students coming to the UK to study now generate more than £25 billion for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses – in 2014-15, spending by international students supported 206,600 […]

BCC Forecast: Brexit stockpiling to hit economic growth in coming years

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) released its latest economic forecast, upgrading its growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.3% (from 1.2%). However, the leading business group has downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.0% (from 1.3%) and to 1.2% (from 1.4%) in 2021. The leading business group has slightly […]