British Chambers Conference Attracts Budget Debate April 28, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, News, Policy.
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Last week’s budget was top of the agenda at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual convention held yesterday, 27 April 2009, as business leaders and politicians debated the best ways to find the ‘road to recovery’ for the economy.
The conference, held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham, was opened by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) president, Neville Reyner and BCC chairman David Frost. Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby also welcomed the conference to the city.
The scene was set by David Frost as he outlined how the government could do more to support business and free up stifling regulation, legislation and taxation.
Business minister Shriti Vadera, then responded to the BCC’s concerns and suggested ways in which the latest budget, announced by Alistair Darling last week, will extend to support businesses.
Baroness Vadera was then rebutted in a speech from the shadow business secretary, Kenneth Clarke, who suggested that the Conservatives will offer businesses greater levels of support if they come in to power at the next general election.
A panel discussion was also held with the assembled politicians and business leaders, where questions came from conference delegates on topical issues such as gender pay audits, empty property rates and car parking tax.
The Liverpool Chamber of Commerce was at the conference to forward members’ concerns to policy makers at the BCC, and to pool opinion with other chambers from across the country.
The issue of car parking tax was particularly focused upon by the BCC, who are currently collecting signatures for an online petition. Chambers from around the country united to voice there concerns to the panel of politicians and business leaders, in an effort to stop the work place parking levy (WPL) coming into effect across the country.
Chairman of the BCC David Frost commented:
“The British Chambers of Commerce and its accredited network have a real voice in government. If there was ever an example of this, it would be after our quarter 3 quarterly economic survey directly influenced the 1.5% cut in interest rates last November. And we can do a great deal more again.”
PRS For Music At The British Chambers Of Commerce Convention April 16, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce.
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Monday 27th April 2009
You might not know that if you play music on your premises, for the benefit of your customers, staff or visitors, you need a Music Licence from PRS for Music.
PRS for Music will be at the ‘British Chambers of Commerce Business Convention – The Road to Recovery’, on Monday 27th April 2009 at the ICC in Birmingham. For more information, visit us on stand 61, call us today on 0800 068 4828 or visit www.prsformusic.com
Cost Of Regulation On British Business Rises To £77 Billion March 31, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Legislation, Policy.
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The Barometer shows that the cumulative cost to business of new regulation since 1998 has risen to £76.81 billion. This is a jump of over £10 billion from last year.
There is a positive note to this year’s Barometer with 18 regulations since 1998 now producing a total saving for business worth £1.4 billion. This is evidence that the government’s better regulation agenda is beginning to do its job. However, considering the current financial pressures on many firms, much more needs to be done to immediately reduce the overall burden.
With business cash-flow being severely squeezed and many good firms going bust, the uncomfortable truth is that despite three Acts of Parliament designed to reduce the regulatory impact, the steady increase continues.
In 2007/08, companies were hit with 19 new regulations costing them £1.75 billion.
The two most burdensome regulations in the Barometer are:
- Working Time Regulations 1999. To date this has cost business £17.8 billion with a recurring annual cost of £1.8 billion.
- Vehicle Excise Duty (Reduced Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (EU Pollution Directive 98/69/EC). To date this has cost business £10.4 billion with a recurring cost of £1.2 billion.
Commenting David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said:
“Businesses are facing the toughest economic environment for a generation. Company cash-flow is being squeezed and unemployment is growing as a result.
“The government needs to get serious about reducing the massive burden of regulation on business. Cutting unnecessary burdens and announcing a moratorium on new regulations set to come in this year, is one way of providing instant and inexpensive help to British firms.”
Professor Francis Chittenden of Manchester Business School, said:
“After more than a decade of uncontrolled and often ineffective regulation, government must build on these welcome early signs of improvement by introducing regulatory budgets to contain the flow of new burdens on business.”
Take Our Performing Rights Society Survey March 27, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Surveys.
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The British Chambers of Commerce are going to use our response to communicate to the PRS the bad experiences of many of our members and to lobby for a change in their working methods.
Given the interest of the Network in the PRS and their tactics, below is a link to a very short survey (4 questions) which it would be useful if our members could fill in. The survey will close on April 17th.
British Chambers’ Annual Convention 27 April 2009 March 24, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Events.
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The Business Convention provides delegates with the very latest business intelligence and opportunities to meet the challenges ahead as well as strategic and practical advice that member businesses can apply in their organisations.
This year, the Convention will focus on seeing business survive the downturn. In addition to the above the Convention is hosting:
- A free to attend exhibition
- Expert advice in business surgeries
- "Meet the buyer" Procurement Zone
With an agenda packed full of relevant business forums, surgeries, an exhibition and networking opportunities, it’s a valuable day out for member businesses.
If your Chamber would like to promote the Annual Convention to your members please feel free to use the attached web buttons on your website.
Further information about the Convention can be found at www.thebusinessconvention.com.
Business Unaware Of Government’s Flagship lending Scheme March 23, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce.
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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published the results from its latest Monthly Business Survey.
The results from 250 companies across the UK show that 90 per cent of businesses are unaware that their bank offered or utilised the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. Just one firm reported being offered a loan based on the government’s flagship scheme.
With cash-flow remaining a serious problem, 61 per cent of firms reported they were being squeezed by late payments. Furthermore, nearly a third of businesses with an overdraft reported that their banks had imposed increased overdraft fees on them in the last six months.
The key findings from the survey include:
· 90% of respondents were not aware that their bank offered or utilised the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.
· 61% of firms stated that the late payment of invoices is affecting their cash-flow position.
· Over half of businesses seeking a bank loan either failed to secure one or did not receive a loan that met their actual financial needs.
· Of the businesses that had an overdraft (60% of the sample), 30% stated that they had seen an increase in the fees associated with that overdraft facility over the last 6 months.
Commenting, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said:
"A lot more needs to be done to raise awareness of these schemes. It is business that will drive the UK out of recession and it is vital that banks support companies through what is an extraordinarily difficult time.
“The government needs to address the growing pressures on cash-flow within businesses, even beyond relationships with banks. This means scrapping the planned rise in National Insurance Contributions, calling time on harmful extra regulation and freezing the national minimum wage.”
Take Our Protection Survey And Win An iPod March 16, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Surveys.
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This research has been commissioned by Legal & General, to gain insight into business owners awareness of protection as a means of safeguarding against the loss of a business owner and key employees.
The results will be used by the insurance industry to help raise overall awareness of the need and importance of business protection, as part of a business’s day to day planning.
Enter The Chamber Awards 2009 – 1st Prize £50,000 March 13, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in awards, British Chambers of Commerce.
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The Chamber Awards were launched by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in 2004 to recognise and celebrate business excellence through the successes and achievements of its Accredited Chambers of Commerce, their members and non-members.
The world of commerce is increasingly competitive, due to factors such as e-commerce and ever changing economic climates. As a business in the UK you have to work harder and smarter for success.
As a member of an Accredited Chamber of Commerce you are part of a wider national business network, and the Chamber Awards provide you with the opportunity to gain recognition on a national scale for the hard work and achievements of your business.
Put your business on the map!
Previous winners have experienced year round exposure from the Awards programme including appearances on TV. With the added incentive of winning a £50,000 cash prize for your business, can you afford not to enter?!
The categories for the Chamber Awards 2009 are:
- Business of the Year
- Award for Innovation Through Technology
- Most Promising New Business
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Achievement in International Business
- Award for Excellence in People Development
- The Green Award
- Excellence in Customer Service
Let Us Know How you Monitor Your Workforce March 6, 2009Posted by liverpoolchamber in British Chambers of Commerce, Surveys.
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The British Chambers of Commerce have asked us to help publicise a survey they are holding:
We are working with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and they are currently conducting a consultation on how businesses assess the performance of their workforce and monitor their competitiveness as a business. It is particularly interested to identify how employers use ‘competencies’ or the behaviours that employees must have or acquire to achieve high levels of performance within a given occupation.
We have agreed to issue a short on-line consultation questionnaire via our web site and I wondered if I could ask you to forward this to those of your members who you think might be interested in participating
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With the Government’s consultation into a controversial Workplace Parking Levy coming to an end tomorrow (Thursday), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Transport Secretary outlining the business group’s serious objections to the scheme.
The organisation has previously highlighted the potential £3.4 billion cost to business should all Councils covered by the consultation adopt the scheme copying Nottingham City Council’s blueprint.
In the letter, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, disputes the congestion-busting aims of the WPL and refers to the significant public support for the BCC’s online petition against the WPL.
Already, nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition running on the BCC’s website.
Mr Frost’s letter calls on the Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon, to reject Nottingham City Council’s bid to roll out the WPL in 2010 and to scrap the WPL scheme altogether.
The BCC’s online petition can be found at: