Partnership has designs on growth

CHAMBER NEWS: BCC teams up with Design Council.THE Design Council and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have announced a new partnership that will see the two organisations working together to promote the value of design to UK businesses.

CHAMBER NEWS: BCC teams up with Design Council.

THE Design Council and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have announced a new partnership that will see the two organisations working together to promote the value of design to UK businesses.

In a move aimed specifically at helping businesses survive the recession, the partnership will provide practical ways to help the 100,000 companies in the BCC network to use design to become more innovative and competitive.

The partnership will also collaborate to promote a wider message, nationally and internationally, about the importance of design to the business sector.

Besides raising awareness of the importance and value of design in making the UK more competitive and creative, the partnership aims to collaborate on the development of specific initiatives which will offer practical support to businesses through the BCC network and to explore further opportunities for joint-working and avenues for communicating the shared principles throughout the UK and internationally.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, said: “The future of the UK economy is dependent on the dynamism and effectiveness of our private sector.

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“By helping businesses make informed decisions about the power of design and the potential competitive advantage it can bring, we will help them through the recession and gain long-term commercial benefits.”

David Kester, chief executive of the Design Council, said: “This is all about designing out of a downturn.

“Companies that invested in design and R&D during the last recession re-invented themselves and came out stronger. This new partnership with the Chambers stands to help the thousands of UK firms that represent our economic future, with the opportunity to harness the practical power of UK design.”

If you feel your business is being stifled by local regulations and red tape, join the chamber at a free seminar on Thursday, July 16, at the IP-City Centre in Ipswich.

The seminar will focus creating a closer working relationship between business and local regulators, and improving understanding of the work the Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) is doing to reduce the regulatory burden.

Businesses should leave with an understanding of the support which is available from local authority regulatory services and feel confident they can approach departments to achieve regulatory compliance.

There will also be clear messages about the importance of joint working between businesses and local regulators to tackle local community issues which have a negative impact on business for example counterfeiters, underage sales or unsafe food premises.

Lunch is included and there will be time to network. For more information, visit www.suffolkchamber.co.uk.

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