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British Chambers of Commerce


 The BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook

In 2012, the Prime Minister challenged UK businesses to reverse the country’s trade deficit by doubling UK exports to £1trn by 2020. However, the latest data show that if we continue at current growth rates we are not likely to reach this target until 2034. British businesses can rise to the challenge, but we need to see a revolution in exports too.


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The BCC Annual International Trade Survey, 2015

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) annual international trade survey gauges UK businesses’ appetite for international trade and the opportunities and barriers they face both domestically and internationally.

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Export – The engine of growth, Q1 2015

The British Chambers of Commerce annual trade survey gauges the appetite of UK businesses for international trade and the opportunities and barriers they face.

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Chamber Members discuss exports with PM

On 2 May 2013, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) brought together a diverse group of Chamber members – including exporters of all sizes, and from all parts of the United Kingdom – to meet with the Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss their experiences trading across the globe.

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Prompt payment report

Prompt payment is critical to the functioning of businesses and supply chains. Yet some companies are less than prompt when it comes to paying their suppliers: this is the central message of a major survey commissioned by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in the second quarter of 2012, to which 5,343 businesses responded.

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The Case for a British Business Bank

Across Britain, there is strong evidence of a serious market failure around access to finance, especially for fast-growing and newer businesses. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has argued for months that to overcome that market failure, Britain needs a state-backed business bank, in particular to support the aspirations of new and fast-growing companies.

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Local Enterprise Partnerships


Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) – Strategic Economic Plan, March 2013

NEP is a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with a clear objective: to increase the prosperity of Northamptonshire's businesses by supporting the creation of better quality private sector jobs. It is intended that 32,500 new jobs, 37,000 new houses and an overall growth in the local economy of 30% be achieved by 2021.

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South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) – Strategic Economic Plan, March 2013

The South East Midlands is a national growth area, home to the UK’s fastest growing city, Milton Keynes, and the UK's second 'Garden Town' at Bicester in Oxfordshire.Working with our local authority and private sector partners, we are primed to deliver the strategic infrastructure and skills projects that are essential for economic growth.In 2015 we secured significant investment via two Local Growth Deals, worth a combined £126m which will enable us to deliver our Strategic Economic Plan.This year we are also inviting businesses to bid for a slice of European Structural Investment Funding (ESIF), worth around £79m which will be delivered over the next six years.Together with our business support service Velocity, SEMLEP is primed to deliver sustainable business growth across the South East Midlands.

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General Reports

Government Consultations

As part of the policy making process the government publishes consultations on legislative changes or policies it wants to introduce as part of the policy making process. The Government produces a consultation document that details the change they want to make and asks interested people and organisations to say what they think. The Consultation Period is at the first stage of the legislative procedure before a Bill enters Parliament. The Consultation helps to formulate the policy by gathering feedback from the public.

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Autumn Statement 2016

The Autumn Statement sets out policies which support the economy during this transition. Alongside the forthcoming Industrial Strategy it prioritises investment to improve productivity and ultimately living standards. It provides certainty for business to secure investment and create jobs; and reprioritises spending to build an economy that works for everyone.

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Budget 2016

This is a Budget that puts the next generation first. In uncertain times and against a deteriorating global economic outlook, this Budget delivers security for working people. It takes the next bold steps in the government’s long-term economic plan. It reduces the deficit, achieves a surplus and makes the reforms needed so Britain is fit for the future.

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Spending Review & Autumn Statement 2015

The first duty of government is to protect economic and national security, thereby allowing the government to extend opportunity for working people at every stage of their lives. The Spending Review and Autumn Statement delivers on that priority. It sets out a long term economic plan to fix the public finances, return the country to surplus and run a healthy economy that starts to pay down its debt. Debt is projected to fall in every year of this Parliament as a share of GDP and the surplus is forecast to reach £10 billion by 2019-20.

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Summer Budget Report, July 2015

The Chancellor, George Osborne announced in July 2015 the first budget of this parliament – and the first budget for a Conservative majority government for nearly 20 years.In this budget he unveiled a raft of proposals designed to help support businesses whilst aiming to plug the country’s deficit. Some of the measures announced were; protect defence spending; cut in corporation tax; permanent annual investment allowance; and a dedicated fund for sustainable investment in the nation’s road network.

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Airports Commission Final Report, July 2015

The Airports Commission has today (1 July 2015) published its Final report, which sets out its recommendations to government for expanding aviation capacity in the UK.The Commission’s analysis shows that expanded airport capacity is crucial for the UK’s long-term prosperity. While each of the 3 schemes shortlisted was considered a credible option for expansion, the Commission has unanimously concluded that the proposal for a new northwest runway at Heathrow Airport, combined with a significant package of measures to address its environmental and community impacts, presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050.

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The Cole Commission on Exports – An action plan from business, June 2015

This report is an Action Plan for the new Government to turn the dial on exports. It builds on this Commission’s independent interim report (April 2015, Appendix 2) and is prepared, intentionally, to provide the Government with a clear and concise blueprint from business to generate a step change in export performance. We identify five priority areas for action, a timetable for implementation, and an Implementation Committee to drive through the changes.

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National Infrastructure Plan, 2014

Improving the UK’s productivity is a vital element of the government’s Long-Term Economic Plan. High-quality infrastructure boosts productivity and competitiveness, allowing businesses to grow and enabling them to reach suppliers, deepen labour and product markets, collaborate and innovate and attract inward investment.

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HS2: On Track – A Report by the Department of Transport

‘HS2: on track’ provides an overview of the HS2 project to build a new high speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
explains the case for HS2
describes the route
outlines the work underway to prepare for the new railway
sets out progress so far and the next steps for the project

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