The British Chambers of Commerce has a high-profile policy and lobbying team that represents the interests of members in Westminster, Whitehall and in Brussels.
As part of the Chamber Network, we collectively engage with decision-makers to influence policy, ensuring the interests of businesses are represented. To support this work, we publish a range of publications and reports across our key policy areas. Here is a summary of our current focus.
The UK is at a pivotal moment in its recovery from the impact of coronavirus
From the safe re-opening of offices, factories and schools, to the easing of both national and international travel restrictions, these changes and the adaptations to the ‘new normal’ will be felt by businesses up and down the country.
In each step on our road to recovery, through every government announcement and new policy, the Chamber is there to ensure the business voice is at the heart of the government’s recovery plans.
Our approach is informed by our national Coronavirus Business Impacts Tracker and the experience and insights of our Chambers of Commerce and Global Business Networks. Together, we understand the impact of Coronavirus on businesses.
2020 and Beyond: Business Priorities for the next UK Government outlines the key business priorities for the new UK Government.
These key priorities have been developed with the 53 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK and the BCC’s growing global network and sets out the key priorities that would enable businesses of all sizes to reignite the country’s stagnating economy.
Our key business priorities for the new administration centre around:
Business investment and costs
Access to skills and labour is one of the most important issues facing UK business communities right now. We do research on a range of issues affecting the labour market, including skills, training, and employment policy.
The Chamber Network has produced its annual Workforce Survey covering the most relevant topics relating to employers and their staff. Read some of our most recent work on the UK’s labour market.
The government committed to conduct a fundamental review of business rates and published the terms of reference for the review at the Spring Budget. This call for evidence seeks views on how the business rates system currently works, issues to be addressed, ideas for change and a number of alternative taxes.
The UK’s withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continues to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape.
Our research and lobbying work has focused on the practical impacts on firms of the decision to leave the EU. The Chamber network is campaigning for clarity on the nature of the future relationship with the EU, and answers to the pragmatic concerns of businesses
Over 1,600 businesses
in Lancashire count on the Chamber of Commerce to help their business.