British Chambers of Commerce
|Legal status||Not-for-profit organisation|
|Purpose||Chambers of commerce in the UK, and UK business|
|John Longworth (Resigned)|
|Website||British Chambers of Commerce|
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national body of 52 accredited chambers of commerce across the UK, representing 92,000 businesses. Members range from growth-oriented start-ups to local and regional subsidiaries of multinational companies, in all commercial and industrial sectors, and from all over the UK. It has offices in both London, and Coventry. The London office is on Petty France, near the Ministry of Justice (former Home Office), and off Buckingham Gate (A323).
John Longworth has been Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) since September 2011. Mr Longworth has held a number of high-profile roles in business and public life, including stints as a senior executive at Asda and Tesco. He is currently a non-executive director of the Co-operative Group Food Ltd and Nichols plc, is a member of the Competition Commission, and is active in both social enterprise and a Midlands-based venture capital-backed company, SVA Ltd.
In March 2016 Longworth resigned as the Director General following his suspension a few days earlier. Regarding the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Longworth had expressed views which were widely perceived as eurosceptic at a time when the BCC's official stance was neutral.
The Chamber Awards were launched by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in 2004 to recognise and celebrate business excellence through the successes and achievements of its Accredited Chambers of Commerce and their members. To date, there have been 620 Chamber Award winners and over £250,000 given out in cash prizes. As part of recognising the significant contribution that a person under 30 can make to the success of a business, the Chamber created a new category and announced the first 'Young person in Business' award winner in November 2014, Oliver Bryssau of Origin Broadband.
The BCC holds an annual conference every year. The one-day event brings together business owners, Chambers of Commerce, and Ministers.
Quarterly Economic Survey
The British Chambers of Commerce (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. The survey has been in existence since 1989 and the survey results are widely reported in the national media.
Export Britain is the online resource by the British Chambers of Commerce which showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers and business groups both in the UK and around the world.
The British Chambers of Commerce is the top-level business network in the UK, made up of 52 accredited chambers of commerce across the country. Together they represent 104,000 businesses, totalling 4,800,000 employees.
The 52 accredited Chambers are:
- Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
- London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Sussex Chamber of Commerce
- Surrey Chambers of Commerce
- Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
- Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce
- Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
- Channel Chamber of Commerce
- Business West Chambers of Commerce
- Somerset Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd
- Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
- St Helens Chamber
- North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
- Liverpool Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
- Cumbria Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Lancashire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Wirral Chamber of Commerce
- West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce
- South Cheshire Cahmber of Commerce
- Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
- Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
- North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
- Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce
- Black Country Chamber of Commerce (web page)
- East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
- Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
- Northamptonshire Chamnber of Commerce
East of England
- Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce
- Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
- Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
- Essex Chamber of Commerce
- Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Yorkshire & the Humber
- Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
- Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
- Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce
- Doncaster Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise
- West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (Formed in March 2014 with the merger of Bradford Chamber and Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber)
- Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
- Fife Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise
- Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
- Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
- Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
- Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
- Inverness Chamber of Commerce
- "British Chambers of Commerce - John Longworth". Britishchambers.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- "Chamber Awards". Chamber Awards. 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
- British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey BCC. 2014. Retrieved on 16 June 2014.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20150222045501/http://exportbritain.org.uk/about-us.html. Archived from the original on February 22, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. Missing or empty
- British Chambers of Commerce
- Quarterly Economic Survey
- Scottish Chambers of Commerce
- Chamber Awards
- YouTube Channel
- Export Britain
- CEE Business portal