As Cabinet ministers gather today (Wednesday) to discuss the government's negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK's future relationship with the European Union, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Adam Marshall, the BCC's Director General, write an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government's objectives.
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Thermotex Engineering Limited, winners of the Wake Smith Excellence in Manufacturing award at the 2017 Sheffield Business Awards, have joined Sheffield Chamber as a Premium Partner member.
Peter Kennan, Chair of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce & Industry Transport Forum, has written an open letter to Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State, regarding the East Midlands Rail franchise.
Commenting on the publication of the government's response to the Taylor Review (Wednesday), Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: -Matthew Taylor's report acknowledged that businesses are facing high employment costs and was cognisant of the current climate of uncertainty and change, so the government must be careful not to unduly burden firms with further costs and bureaucracy, which could price people out of jobs.
Commenting on the Bank of England inflation report and interest rate decision published on 'Super Thursday', Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: -The Bank of England's latest forecasts point to a mild improvement in the central bank's outlook for the UK economy, with upgrades to its UK growth forecasts, compared to their November report.
Commenting on the trade statistics for December 2017, released today by the ONS, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: -The sharp deterioration in the UK's net trade position in December was disappointing and means that trade is likely to have been a drag on UK growth in the final quarter of the year.