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BCC Policy Update

BCC Weekly Update 24 April 2017

News and events

    • BCC Meeting Activity

    This morning Adam Marshall took part in webinar with Lord Bridges from the Department for Exiting the EU, on business Brexit priorities. This week he will also hold the President’s Assembly, meet Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Business Minister, and Duncan McCourt, Special Adviser to the Chancellor. Adam also meets Joel Hills, ITV Business Editor, and Gordon Rayner, Political Editor of the Daily Telegraph. 

    • General Election engagement assistance

    If Chambers would like help facilitating engagement with their local MP or constituent candidates in the run up the General Election, please contact Ashley Shackleton or Fiona Krasniqi in the first instance. 

    • Update on the Provision of Chamber HR, H&S and LEI

    Following a tender exercise carried out by Chamber colleagues and the BCC for the provision of the Chamber HR, H&S and Legal Expenses Insurance services, we are delighted to confirm Qdos Group has been appointed as the exclusive partner to deliver the aforementioned services.

    The newly agreed arrangements not only represent a better overall service-led proposition, but also offer much more flexibility in the service choices each Chamber can make, and thus be tailored to your individual needs and those of your Members.

    The Qdos team will be working with each Chamber individually to go through the detail of the new proposition, the service choices available and how the transition period will work.

    In the interim please contact Luke Flinders at the BCC if you have any questions.

    • RADA in Business

    RADA in Business is delighted to offer Chambers and their members a 15% discount on their open courses.

    RADA in Business offer a comprehensive approach to coaching and development. They enable people to make effective choices in their behaviour and to use their body, breath and voice to make fundamental shifts in their own personal impact, how they see themselves and how they approach others.

    Whoever your audience, RADA in Business can help you become a more confident and compelling communicator. Just use the code RiBBCC15 when registering or email for more information.

    *Discount is not available for the Executive Presence for Women course or in conjunction with any other discount. Expires 30 September 2017.

    • DofE Direct launch enables SMEs to upskill staff

    SMEs can help their young staff develop essential workplace skills and attributes by signposting them to DofE Direct; a new way for 18-23 year olds to achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award independently, without the need to belong to a local group.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is widely recognised as enabling young people to build and evidence a range of so-called soft skills such as communication, resilience, team working and commitment through setting a series of personal challenges. 

    Businesses such as British Gas and Heathrow have been running the DofE for their staff as part of their apprenticeship programmes for years because of its effect on attitude, competence and productivity. In addition, over 100 other leading employers endorsed the DofE as a great way for young people to upskill themselves for work at

    To help your young employees develop vital skills signpost them to

    BCC National Media Highlights this week

  • BCC’s digital survey on cybercrime was picked up by the BBC, Independent, Guardian, Daily Express, Times and Scotsman
  • Adam Marshall’s comment on the announcement of a General Election was covered by the Independent, BBC, Times and City AM. 
  • BCC’s statistics on business rates were covered by the Mail on Sunday
  • Adam Marshall wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph on the importance of a ‘place’ in the government’s Industrial Strategy. 
  • Business West member, Seetru, was mentioned in the Sunday Times.
  • Jo James, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber, spoke to LBC radio about the Lower Thames Crossing announcement. 

Economic Update

CPI inflation stood at 1.8% in January 2017, up from the 1.6% rise in December. The main contributors to the increase in the rate were rising prices for motor fuels, and to a lesser extent, food prices.

The latest UK labour market figures revealed that in the three months to December 2016, the number of people in employment rose by 37,000. Unemployment declined by 7,000 over the same period. The claimant count in January 2017 fell by 42,400 compared with December 2016. UK retail sales fell by 0.3% in January 2017, but were up by 1.5% in annual terms. Average store prices rose by 1.9% compared with January 2016.

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