Tickets on sale for the Global Annual Conference
We are delighted that the British Chambers of Commerce Global Annual Conference is returning to face-to-face this June at the QEII Centre in London. Details of the event can be found below along with a link to book your tickets. Do get in touch with me directly if you would like to book as part of the Chamber group.
This week we also include information on the latest ONS data, details of our forthcoming training courses and the latest trade updates.If you have any queries please get in touch with our International Trade team by emailing email@example.com or telephone 01223 237414.Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) flagship Global Annual Conference is one of the main events in the business calendar, with the 2022 Conference taking place on Thursday 30 June at the QEII Centre, London.After a turbulent few years, the BCC Global Annual Conference will be an opportunity for business leaders from the UK and around the world to come together and look to a more sustainable and responsible future.
Through thought-provoking discussions, talks and peer-to-peer sessions, delegates will be able to explore and debate how we can individually and collectively rise to the challenges ahead, with a particular focus on:
People: Developing talent now and for the future
Planet: Boosting a green global economy
Progress: Seizing new opportunitiesThe Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer will be speaking at the BCC Global Annual Conference 2022, along with a host of other exciting speakers yet to be announced. Further details will be available over the coming weeks. Stay tuned to the BCC website and BCC Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook so you don't miss any updates.
Away from the sessions there also will be networking time for delegates to greet existing contacts and meet new ones; and BCC will also be showcasing their dynamic network of Chambers and strategic partners.
Register your ticket here >
Trends still point to lack of sustained boost to exports
UK trade data from the ONS remained volatile in February 2022 as changes in data collection methods unwind. The figures for February 2022 reported a 25 per cent increase in exports (following a 22% decline the previous month). Comparing the last three months data together with that over the same period four years ago reveals that exports in goods were £1bn lower (1.2%). It is hard to discern therefore any sustained increase in UK exports of the levels currently occurring in our largest neighbouring trading partners.
Furthermore, the ONS Business Insights and Conditions Survey reveals increasing challenges faced by firms with export and import paperwork respectively. 68 per cent of exporters and 70 per cent of importers reported these challenges in February to March 2022 a rise of seven per cent and nine per cent respectively. This echoes BCC data which finds a similar worsening trend.
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International presence at Huntingdonshire Business Fair
The Chamber, along with Ascendant - Worldwide Payments and VAT IT, are taking a stand at Huntingdonshire Business Fair to provide International Support to companies.
If you have questions on overseas payments, VAT issues relating to international trade or documentation queries, including Customs Declarations, come along to our stand and get the answers.
Huntingdonshire Business Fair takes place on Wednesday 27 April from 10.00am-4.00pm at Burgess Hall in St Ives. There are a range of companies exhibiting plus a full programme of seminars taking place during the day.
See full details here >
TRAINING COURSESAn introduction to IPAFFS
Thursday 21 April, 9.30am-1.00pm
IPAFFS (Import of Products, Animals, Food and Feed Systems) is a web-based service for the application for, and issuing of, Common Health Entry Documents (CHEDs) for imports from outside the EU and EEA of live animals, their products and germplasm.
By the end of this course you will have the knowledge to successfully import live animals, their products and germplasm.
Import / Export Diagnostic Workshop
Tuesday 26 April, 9.30am-1.00pm
This workshop shows companies how to look at their SOPS and compliance, going through key areas of procedures and compliance, preparing for trading internationally either by exporting or importing.
You can view the full list of courses on our website.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Ukraine Hub contains updated information and guidance for businesses about the situation in Ukraine. This will continue to be updated as and when new guidance is received.
On Wednesday 6 April, the UK government announced a further series of sanctions against Russia and Belarus, designed to further restrict sources of finance or investment to fund the war in Ukraine.
The BCC recently took part in a discussion with officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Trade on conformity assessment and markings. Officials are keeping to the current timetable for the roll out of the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark. We raised points about the linkage between the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and continued access of CE marked goods to the GB market, as well as on compliance measures.