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Working Time Directive Poll Reminder September 30, 2008

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How do you feel about a change to the EU’s Working Time Directive?

The British Chambers of Commerce is asking the business community to vote on a poll they have set up. The deadline for your votes is fast approaching – as it closes this Friday 3rd October!

The directive lays out legislation to prevent workers from working too many hours in a week, how long breaks should be and how long holidays should be. The recent planned alterations to the directive include the option for workers to ‘opt out’ of the maximum 48 hour week and opt to work longer hours – some groups see this is a wrong move.

The British chambers of Commerce is asking for your view on the debate as the European Parliament will be looking at the EU Employment Council’s comprimise text next month and it is important that the British Chambers of Commerce has a clear view on members’ preferences.

To take the poll, visit the British Chambers of Commerce website by clicking here….

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Public Sector Procurement And The Barriers For Small Businesses June 26, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, News, Policy, Tender Alert.
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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce recognises the difficulties faced by small businesses when tendering for public sector contracts. Barriers often quoted include:

  • accessing tendering opportunities
  • finding relevant contracts
  • the pressure to respond to calls within limited timescales
  • contracts being too large or diverse for a small business to compete
  • even the language of procurement has presented problems.

As a Chamber of Commerce we have worked over a number of years to redress this imbalance for our members and have developed unique products such as our tender alert service to address some of the issues.

An independent inquiry has recently been launched looking specifically at the barriers faced by small businesses and social enterprises when tendering for public sector work. An opportunity has now arisen to put your views directly to government and as your Chamber we encourage you to respond to the consultation and have your views heard.

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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.