The Quarterly Economic Survey carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce is the largest independent business survey in the UK and a significant economic indicator. It is a key source of data about the local economy, the results help influence policy at the Bank of England and central Government.
Please play your part to help promote and sustain a strong business community in Sussex.
It really does only take 2 minutes (average completion 1 minute 42 seconds) and completing this short survey means we can ensure your voice is being represented in the UK Government. We would really appreciate your participation.
Please visit - https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/quarterly-economic-survey-2 to start the survey.
BCC: Ease Brexit uncertainty to boost innovation through trade
A survey by British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL Express UK, has today revealed that almost half - 49% - of businesses have uncertainty over Brexit front of mind when deciding whether to trade internationally, highlighting the economic cost of the persistent lack of political clarity.
A similar number (48%) of firms are concerned by the related issue of exchange rate volatility, which can increase the cost of raw materials and potentially make UK exports less competitive. Exchange rate volatility is a much greater concern for manufacturers (61%) and B2C firms (64%) than B2B businesses (36%).
As EU leaders gather in Brussels, the BCC today brings together 500 exporters, trade professionals and business leaders from around the world at the BCC International Trade Summit to discuss the issues and trends at the forefront of international trade, and to give innovative firms the tools they need to enter new markets.
The research also shows that while there are many concerns for businesses when deciding whether to trade internationally, those that do trade internationally are more likely to be innovative within their business - 65% of those that are internationally active have launched a new product or service in the last 12 months, compared to just 41% of firms who are UK-focused.
Government must do more to boost business confidence at the Autumn Budget and incentivise export and import growth. This, coupled with clear progress in negotiations, will encourage firms to take risks and break into new markets, boosting innovation and productivity in the UK economy.
Tuesday 11th December 2018, 12:00noon - 14:30pm
Join us for our Christmas Lunch which is being held at the Buxted Park Hotel. This is a great opportunity to relax, network and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
On arrival you will receive a soft drink, a two course lunch will be served followed by Tea/Coffee and mince pies.
Please book your place online or by calling the office on 01444 259259 and celebrate with us.
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