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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic and independent business network with Accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world. In these podcasts the BCC will seek to demonstrate our expertise regarding key issues that affect businesses across the country, and inform our members. Please check with the press office if you wish to use quotes from the podcast.
BCC Talks...business rates (February 8th 2017)
Business rates has long been regarded as a huge tax burden for businesses of all sizes - but how are the recent and forthcoming changes likely to affect firms across the country? Allan Williams is joined by Head of Economics and Business Finance Suren Thiru, Director of Research Mike Spicer, and Christian Spence, Head of Research at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Business Rates Fellow of the BCC.
BCC Talks...PM's plan for Brexit (January 23rd 2017)
Last week Theresa May gave her plans for Brexit - leaving the Single Market, and controlling immigration. Allan Williams is joined by Ashley Shackleton, BCC Head of Public Affairs, and Andrew Fielding from Brussels, a former Commission adviser, to discuss how her speech was received at home and in Europe.
BCC Talks...inflation (January 10th 2017)
It's a new year, and inflation is looming as a concern on the horizon. How can businesses mitigate inflationary pressures, and what can the Bank of England do to avoid it rising far above target? Allan Williams is joined by Director of Research Mike Spicer and Head of Economics Suren Thiru, with a guest appearance from Vicky Pryce, former head of the Government Economic Service.
BCC Talks...year in review and looking ahead to 2017 (December 20th 2016)
The BCC reviews the year and looks ahead to 2017, talking EU referendum, politics, inflation, and other critical business issues. It's been quite the year! Allan Williams is joined by Director of Research Mike Spicer, Head of Public Affairs Ashley Shackleton, and Press Officer Orla Hennessy
BCC Talks...a business update (December 8th 2016)
The BCC team discusses the Supreme Court hearing on Article 50, recent proposals on corporate governance and the future of rail. Allan Williams is joined by Head of Public Affairs Ashley Shackleton and Director of Research Mike Spicer.
BCC Talks...US Election, Trade and Brexit (November 9th 2016)
Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States - the BCC discusses what this means for UK-US trade policy, and an impact on any Brexit discussion. There's also an update on the recent goings on with the Brexit process. Allan Williams is joined by Director of Research Mike Spicer, Head of Public Affairs Ashley Shackleton, and special guest Emanuel Adam, Director of Trade at British American Business
BCC Talks...Heathrow Decision (October 25th 2016)
It's been a long time coming, but the government has announced plans for a new runway to be built at Heathrow Airport! Allan Williams is joined by Director of Research Mike Spicer and Jane Gratton, Deputy Chief Executive of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce to talk about what happens next, and what businesses are looking for.
BCC Talks...Labour party conference (September 30th 2016)
It's party conference season and the BCC is on the road in Liverpool to discuss the goings on and measures announced, as well as looking ahead to the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Senior Press and Communications Manager Allan Williams is joined by Jonathan Walker, Head of Policy at North East England Chamber of Commerce, and Kevin Adderley, MD of Wirral Chamber.
BCC Talks...politics in Autumn (September 6th 2016)
Parliament has returned, party conferences are shortly upon us, and the Chancellor is to publish an Autumn Statement. Senior Press and Communications Manager Allan Williams is joined by Acting Director General Adam Marshall, Director of Research Mike Spicer, and Head of Public Affairs Ashley Shackleton to discuss these and other events in Autumn.
BCC Talks...skills and apprenticeships (August 17th 2016)
Senior Press and Communications Manager Allan Williams is joined by Head of Education and Skills Marcus Mason, to discuss the skills shortage that employers face, and the apprenticeship levy. Featuring Julie White, MD of D-Drill, and Kirstie Mackey, of Barclays LifeSkills.
BCC Talks...changes in Whitehall (August 3rd 2016)
In this episode Allan Williams is joined by Director of Research Mike Spicer, Head of Public Affairs Ashley Shackleton, and Public Affairs Officer Fiona Krasniqi, to discuss the various changes in government and how they will affect business.
BCC Talks...the economy (July 22nd 2016)
Allan Williams, Mike Spicer, and Suren Thiru are joined by Vicky Pryce to talk about economic and monetary policy in the wake of the EU referendum.