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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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MAN Diesel & Turbo Wins Global Energy Award
14 Dec 2017 11:00
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the Platts Global Energy Award 2017 for its Subsea Compression System Solution in the “Commercial Application of the Year” category. The company was recognised by S&P Global Platts for the outstanding achievement reached with the world’s first subsea compressor....
GM Chamber comments on Brexit Phase One deal
08 Dec 2017 13:00
Following the announcement of a deal concluding the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, Alex Davies, Research Analyst at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) said: “The conclusion of the first phase of talks and particularly the agreement on the future rights of EU citizens’ marks...
New and Exciting Apprenticeship Recruitment Service for 2018
05 Dec 2017 15:30
In January 2018, Greater Manchester Chamber’s Apprentice Share service will offer a new and exciting recruitment service for your Apprenticeship needs. Apprentice Share works with companies in the construction sector to recruit apprentices into short term contracts, this helps to sustain Apprenticeships...
Greater Manchester Chamber Wins Chamber of the Year
04 Dec 2017 09:45
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is celebrating after winning the Chamber of the Year award, sponsored by Qdos Consulting, at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017. The Chamber Business Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business...
Budget Reaction
22 Nov 2017 16:30
Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Budget statement, Christian Spence, head of research and policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chancellor had a difficult job in balancing competing expectations of both fiscal prudence and economic reform, with these...
Pioneering partnership to boost mobile connectivity in Greater Manchester
21 Nov 2017 12:00
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and Mobile UK, the trade body for the UK’s mobile network operators (MNOs), have announced a new partnership to promote essential mobile infrastructure deployment across the Greater Manchester region. As part of the new agreement, GMCC and Mobile UK...
Transport for the North Legislation
16 Nov 2017 12:00
Commenting on the laying before parliament of the legislation required to transform Transport for the North into the UK’s first statutory sub-national transport body, Christian Spence, head of research and policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is an important step in establishing...
Interest Rate Reaction
02 Nov 2017 12:45
Commenting on today’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to raise the Bank Rate from 0.25% to 0.5%, Christian Spence, Head of Research and Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said: “Today’s rise, the first in ten years, was not unexpected. The Committee...
Oldham Town Hall Wins Chamber’s Building of the Year Award
20 Oct 2017 14:00
Oldham Town Hall Wins Chamber’s Building of the Year Award • Chamber Reveals Greater Manchester’s winning building • Winner of the Construction Apprentice of the Year Award announced Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has announced the winner of its Building of the Year Award 2017:...
Survey shows steady economic performance in Greater Manchester
03 Oct 2017 12:00
The latest data from the influential Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) shows a steady performance for Greater Manchester businesses in the third quarter of 2017, with manufacturing seeing its highest domestic demand and strongest overseas orders position for over...
Chamber Comments on Chancellor's Speech
02 Oct 2017 11:30
Commenting ahead of the Chancellor's conference speech, Christian Spence, Head of Research & Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chancellor’s expected announcement over additional funding to ensure Crossrail North (Northern Powerhouse Rail/HS3) fully and efficiently...
Chamber Business Awards - North West Winners
26 Sep 2017 10:15
Six Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce members are among the winners in the North West heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy. The...
Chamber Comments on Prime Minister's Speech
21 Sep 2017 00:15
In advance of Theresa May’s speech in Florence, Alex Davies, Research Analyst at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “Almost six months into the Article 50 negotiation period, and ahead of companies setting financial budgets for next year where contingency plans may need to be accounted...
Chamber Supports Calls for Crossrail 2
12 Sep 2017 17:00
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce today responded positively to London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s backing for Crossrail North by supporting calls for Crossrail 2 classing it as an infrastructure scheme of critical national importance. Greater Manchester Chamber has been a firm supporter...
Comment on Inflation Figures
12 Sep 2017 11:45
Commenting on today’s publication of inflation data by the Office for National Statistics, Christian Spence, Head of Research and Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The latest data confirms our expectations of an increase in the headline rate of CPI inflation to 2.9%, up...
Summit to Highlight Key Issues in the Construction Sector
08 Sep 2017 16:00
Two hundred business leaders will attend the fourth Annual Construction Summit North on 13th & 14th September. Highlights of the summit include the launch of the Chamber’s latest Construction Pipeline Analysis and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham taking part in a discussion on transport...
Comment on Latest GDP Figures
24 Aug 2017 11:00
Commenting on the Office for National Statistics’ release of the Second Estimate of GDP for Q2 2017 today, Christian Spence, Head of Research and Policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “Today’s data is unchanged from the first estimate, confirming that the UK economy has slowed...
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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