Chair’s Report

The British Chambers of Commerce continue to command the attention of the UK’s political and economic leaders as the BCC demonstrates leadership in support of UK Plc, across the full breadth of the country’s business community.

As such, I was delighted to be a part of the delegation from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce attending the British Chamber of Commerce’s (BCC) Global Annual Conference at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

Along with members of our Chamber Board and Patron members, we were treated to high profile including Jeremy HuntKeir Starmer and Andrew Bailey. We heard them deliver keynote speeches, and it was clear that they know just how many businessmen and businesswomen are affiliated with Chambers across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Andrew Bailey was upbeat about the economy, expecting a very sharp inflation decline over the coming months, and indicating current energy markets were almost at pre pandemic levels.

With a range of break-out sessions to discuss and generate ideas and actions in key deliverables – skills development, sustainability, and business growth – the BCC has, once again, demonstrated its leadership in support of the business community.

More locally, I am often asked about our networking events and how to get the best of them. I have been working on my top ten tips and I’ll be airing those in my next update. It’s something we can all do, from attending events such as the Global Annual Conference from the BCC to the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s many and local networking sessions.

Until next time, Mike.