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British Chambers of Commerce

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 1
  • Chamber Awards 2
  • Annual Conference 3
  • Quarterly Economic Survey 4
  • Accredited Chambers 5
    • North East 5.1
    • South East 5.2
    • South West 5.3
    • North West 5.4
    • West Midlands 5.5
    • East Midlands 5.6
    • East of England 5.7
    • Yorkshire & the Humber 5.8
    • Wales 5.9
    • Northern Ireland 5.10
    • Scotland 5.11
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • Video clips 7.1

Director General

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

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

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.[2] The survey has been in existence since 1989 and the survey results are widely reported in the national media.

Accredited Chambers

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

  • North East Chamber of Commerce

South East

  • London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Sussex Enterprise
  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce
  • Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • Milton Keynes & North Buckinghamshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
  • Channel Chamber of Commerce
  • Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

South West

  • Business West Chambers of Commerce
  • Somerset Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd
  • Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

North West

  • 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

West Midlands

  • Birmingham Chamber Group
  • 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

  • Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire 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
  • Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce
  • Doncaster Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise
  • Bradford Chamber of Commerce


  • South Wales Chamber of Commerce
  • West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce

Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce


  • 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


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  2. ^ British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey BCC. 2014. Retrieved on 16 June 2014.

External links

  • British Chambers of Commerce
  • Quarterly Economic Survey
  • Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Chamber Awards
  • Twitter
  • YouTube Channel

Video clips

  • Interview with David Frost
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