News: BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q2 2020

Posted on 8th July 2020

A message from Ana Christie, CEO, Sussex Chambers of Commerce:

As you will know, throughout the pandemic, we have been providing continued support to businesses struggling to survive, to adapt, and to make the best decisions for themselves and their people, under extraordinary circumstances.

Here at Sussex Chamber we have supported hundreds of businesses, put on numerous informational webinars, gathered insights through survey work and we continue to provide essential updates, advice, services as well as business support.

Attached with this message you will find the recently published results of the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) – the UK’s largest independent survey of business sentiment and a leading indicator of UK GDP growth – which found that UK economic conditions deteriorated at an unprecedented rate in the second quarter of 2020.

Key findings of the national survey included:

  • Eleven of the 14 key service sector QES indicators fall to their lowest level in the survey’s 31-year history
  • The percentage balance of firms reporting increased domestic and export sales is now substantially lower than the worst quarter of the 2008-09 recession
  • Indicators for longer-term business performance drop to record lows


Ahead of the expected economic statement, we are encouraging the Government to act decisively and ambitiously in taking the steps our business communities need now in order to ensure we can Restart, Rebuild and Renew. The British Chambers has submitted a number of proposals to Government and we would welcome a discussion on our local priorities.


Through the British Chambers, we recently submitted evidence to the government’s economic recovery working group on the ‘Levelling up’ agenda. It is clear from these discussions that as part of local recovery plans, Government is considering how it can work with business to strengthen local business networks and ecosystems.


On behalf of our business community, we call upon you to show your support for the chamber and its members (and through your members and connections) and encourage government to work with us to achieve our shared goal of levelling up and promoting business success across the UK. Our network can be a genuine local partner for government with proven capability to deliver that can really support local communities as they start to recover


I look forward to discussing how we can help our local area recover and prosper.

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"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "

Judi Arditi, Director
(Travail Employment Group)

"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."

The Hon Nicholas Soames MP

"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."

Mims Davies MP, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex

"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.

It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"

Susan Fleet, Managing Director
(Lea Graham Associates)