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British Chambers Conference Attracts Budget Debate April 28, 2009

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British Chambers of Commerce

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.”

Get Your Free Carbon Reduction Toolkit From BCC March 25, 2008

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carbon_button.jpgThe British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has been lobbying the Carbon Trust to provide better advice and assistance to SMEs who wish to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

As part of this initiative the BCC have set up a small business toolkit in collaboration with the CT to direct SMEs to the services which are most relevant to them such as the interest free loans available and the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme.

Visit the BCC Carbon Reduction Toolkit here.

Calling All Hotels February 26, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Arena & Convention Centre, British Chambers of Commerce, Offers.
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bedroom.jpgLiverpool Chamber is brining the British Chamber’s national conference to Liverpool’s new BT Convention Centre on Monday 28 April.

Guests may wish to stay in the city for one or two nights and will be looking for city centre hotels to suit a range of budgets.

Next week, our e-newsletter will be focusing on the conference. This is an opportunity for city hotels to promote their conference offers, free of charge to an audience of 7000 potential customers.

If you run a hotel, call Sue Platt on 0151 227 1234 at Liverpool Chamber by 4pm on Friday 29 February to be included in next week’s newsletter.

British Chambers of Commerce – Crime Against Business Survey January 25, 2008

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Business crime affects everyone; it deprives communities of much needed shops and amenities, it destroys employment opportunities and it can devastate the lives of managers and staff traumatised by violence and intimidation. Small businesses with few resources are particularly affected by crime which, in severe cases, can lead to their closure.

In order to gain an understanding of the seriousness of crime against business, both locally and nationally, the British Chambers of Commerce is carrying out a Crime Against Business Survey. I would therefore be grateful if you would kindly spare around 10 minutes completing our web survey.

Take the survey on the BCC website here.

Combined Chambers Influence Capital Gains Tax Decision January 24, 2008

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The combined lobbying power of British Chambers of Commerce has been revealed as a major influencing factor in today’s revised Capital Gains Tax announcement (BBC news story)

As you will be aware the Chancellor has announced a number of concessions in relation to Capital Gains Tax in the House of Commons today:

  • A 10% capital gains tax rate will be introduced in April on the first £1 million of gains and the 18% charge will remain on gains over this amount. This 10% rate has been called the “entrepreneurs’ relief”
  • The £1 million of gains will be cumulative over a person’s lifetime
  • The £1 million “allowance” will only be available to officers and employees of a trading company with more than a 5% share of the business. It is also available to owners of businesses that operate as sole traders and in partnerships

Whilst this is not a perfect solution, it is a major retreat by the Treasury and marks a significant victory for the British Chambers of Commerce‘s lobbying as the new relief will considerably assist thousands of Chamber member businesses.

Andy Burnham MP, Chief Secretary at the Treasury has made clear to the BCC that our lobbying had been a major factor, even as late as today, in helping shape the Government’s announcement today. Having all Chambers sign a letter to the Chancellor expressing our concern about the original proposals was extremely powerful and today’s announcement shows what we can achieve collectively.

Today’s decision reinforces the fact that when you join your local Chamber of Commerce, you really are joining the ultimate business network.

Sir Terry Leahy To Speak At Chamber’s Business Convention January 8, 2008

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Sir Terry LeahyLiverpool-born entrepreneur, Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive of Tesco PLC is announced as keynote speaker at the Business Convention, opening at Liverpool’s newly built BT Convention Centre on 28th April.

Sir Terry is referred to as one of the most powerful people in Britain. He has been instrumental in transforming Tesco in less than a decade into the world’s third largest supermarket chain and UK market leader.

Sir Terry is joined by business troubleshooter, Lord Digby Jones, Minister of State for Trade and Investment with DBERR. Lord Jones served as Director-General of the CBI, for six years. During his appointment he took the British business message to 70 different countries. He met on a regular basis with political, business and media figures in the UK and around the world.

The annual Business Convention, hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce, is coming to Liverpool for the first time ever. Liverpool Chamber Chief Executive Jack Stopforth said: “One of our contributions to 2008 is bringing this national conference out of London for the first time in many years to showcase the city to a high profile business audience.

“The theme of the convention ‘from local creativity to global competitiveness’ is based upon Liverpool’s regeneration including the award of the European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool Chamber is honoured that Liverpool has been selected to host the convention and we aim to fill the hall, all 800 seats.”

As well as the main event, there will be pre-conference networking at the Tate Gallery Liverpool, a major business exhibition in the convention centre, break out sessions, masterclasses and a conference dinner at The Crowne Plaza, where Lord Digby Jones will be the guest of honour.

Sponsors Royal Bank of Scotland, BT and NWDA are already in place. In addition to BT’s announcement of a five year sponsorship deal of the Convention Centre, BT Chairman, Sir Michael Rake has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at this event.

Visit the Business Convention website for more info.

There are a range of opportunities for companies wishing to take part including attending the conference, exhibiting or sponsorship. For more information on exhibiting and sponsorship call Maresa Molloy on 0151 227 1234 ex 2234 or email maresa.molloy@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.