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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK, providing business support to approximately 4,500 members who collectively employ 446,000 people, around one-third of Greater Manchester’s workforce.

Recognised as a leader in its field, Greater Manchester Chamber’s reputation in government circles has grown locally and nationally. At the heart of the area of greatest economic intensity outside London and the South East, the Chamber is the primary body for business support, policy, representation and networking.
The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit private company and its aim is to support businesses and help create the best climate for the region to prosper. This is achieved by ensuring that those taking decisions on key issues such as transport, taxation and business regulation hear the voice of our members. The representation of our members’ views is central to the work of the policy team at the Chamber; these views are gathered in a range of ways including our local councils, policy committees, sector councils, the main Chamber council, focus groups, meetings with politicians and consultations.

The Chamber also offers a range of networking forums across Greater Manchester, free as part of membership, plus a variety of other events and services designed to benefit specific sectors or individuals and help businesses to grow.

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Joint Chamber Statement – Rail investment
18 Aug 2017 11:00
Ahead of Wednesday’s infrastructure event in Leeds three major Chambers of Commerce from across the North of England have issued a call for clarity and action over the future of rail investment. Liverpool & Sefton, Greater Manchester and West & North Yorkshire Chambers who between them...
A level results day – what happens next?
16 Aug 2017 16:00
Today’s the day when images of teenagers clutching their A level results fill news feeds throughout England and Wales. For many, the culmination of months and years of study, it’s however just the first day on a journey that will see nearly 650,000 undergraduates embark on University courses this...
GM Chamber comments on ONS labour market data -lowest unemployment in 42 years, but wages fall in real terms
16 Aug 2017 13:30
Commenting on today’s release of labour market data by the Office for National Statistics, Christian Spence, head of research and policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The latest data shows continued resilience in the UK labour market with unemployment falling 57,000 in the...
Comments on today’s ONS Inflation figures
15 Aug 2017 10:00
Commenting on today’s release of Consumer Prices data by the Office for National Statistics, Christian Spence, head of research and policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “Today’s data shows that the headline rate of inflation in July remains at 2.6%, the same as in June. However,...
Comment in advance of ONS Inflation figures: Inflation may be temporarily helping exporters, but rail users will feel more pressure from January
14 Aug 2017 13:00
Inflation may be temporarily helping exporters, but rail users will feel more pressure from January Tomorrow the Office for National Statistics will release the latest data on perhaps one of this year’s most-watched indicators: inflation. As we’ve been saying for nearly a year, inflation is likely...
Centre for Cities needs a fair hearing: good policy is hard enough without reducing complex issues to binary choices
11 Aug 2017 16:15
Yesterday, the UK thinktank Centre for Cities released a report, Should we move public sector jobs out of London?, the conclusion of which was that, whilst the relocation of parts of the BBC out of London to Salford brought jobs to MediaCityUK, its wider impact on employment across Greater Manchester...
Chamber Comments on GDP Estimate
26 Jul 2017 12:00
Commenting on the publication today of the Office for National Statistics’ First Estimate of GDP for Q2 2017, Christian Spence, Head of Research & Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “This first estimate of economic activity for Q2 2017 of 0.3% on the previous quarter...
Chamber Welcomes Investment in Manchester Airport
21 Jul 2017 09:15
Commenting on the news of investment in Manchester Airport, Christian Spence, Head of Research & Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The investment being made into delivering even greater capacity at Manchester Airport will provide significant benefits not only for the...

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