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Chamber Call for Evidence

Published 3rd May 2012 by Rebecca Walker

The British Chambers of Commerce are seeking evidence on a range of issues and are interested to hear feedback from member companies. Feedback from our members helps us to communicate specific issues of importance and concern to policy makers, and to lobby hard on behalf of local business.

The British Chambers of Commerce are seeking evidence on a range of issues and are interested to hear feedback from member companies. Feedback from our members helps us to communicate specific issues of importance and concern to policy makers, and to lobby hard on behalf of local business.


Banks Appeals Process

As a result of the banking industry’s attempts to improve the way they work with SMEs, businesses can appeal against a lending decision where they feel they have been unfairly turned down.

The appeals process has been in operation for a couple of months and we would be interested to hear if businesses have used it and of their experiences of it.


Back Billing and SMEs

The energy regulatory Ofgem is reviewing the impact of back-billing by energy suppliers on SMEs. They are keen to hear case studies of businesses who have received unexpected bills because their gas and electricity charges had been underestimated for years. Energy suppliers can back-bill businesses for up to six years of usage, compared to just one year for domestic consumers.


Case Studies of Exporters Needed

Over the coming months, the BCC will publish two reports on British exports. The first will focus on how to help first time exporters and the second will focus on helping experienced exporters enter new markets or expand their export volume.

As part of this, we’re looking for case studies to feature in the reports, to help demonstrate the rewards and challenges that exporting can bring.


Posting Workers Overseas

We are looking for case studies of: companies who may have had difficulties in providing services in other European countries because of having to comply with requirements on the posting of workers; and/or companies who have successfully posted workers that are able to give an indication of the costs involved.  

If you have any experiences with the banks appeals process, energy back billing, exporting, or posting workers overseas please contact our policy and representation team:


Samuel Lewis - samuel.lewis@mycci.co.uk


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