British Chambers of Commerce

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British Chambers of Commerce
Abbreviation BCC
Formation 1860
Legal status Not-for-profit organisation
Purpose Chambers of commerce in the UK, and UK business
Region served Global
Membership 92,000
Director-General John Longworth
Affiliations Business Link
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).

Director General[edit]

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.

Chamber Awards[edit]

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. [1]

Annual Conference[edit]

The BCC holds an annual conference every year. The one-day event brings together business owners, Chambers of Commerce, and Ministers.

Quarterly Economic Survey[edit]

The British Chambers of Commerce (QES) is the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK.[2] The survey has been in existence since 1989 and the survey results are widely reported in the national media.

Accredited Chambers[edit]

The British Chambers of Commerce is the ultimate business network made up of 52 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing 104,000 businesses that together employ 4,800,000 employees.

The 52 accredited Chambers are:

North East[edit]

South East[edit]

South West[edit]

North West[edit]

West Midlands[edit]

East Midlands[edit]

East of England[edit]

Yorkshire & the Humber[edit]


Northern Ireland[edit]



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