Big fish defection leaves BCC vulnerable

The
future of the British Chambers of Commerce is in question as some of its
biggest members look to defect to the CBI, it is claimed.

According
to the Financial Times, the effectiveness of the BCC is being questioned by
several of its chambers.

The
CBI said it does not wish to reopen merger talks with the BCC, which collapsed
three years ago.

But,
reports the FT, the CBI is considering allowing chambers to adopt the CBI as a
parent body.

If
the move goes ahead it will give the CBI more political clout and improve the
organisation’s regional coverage.

The
CBI has refused to discuss the talks, but said it is open to ideas.

Last
month the BCC’s director-general was sacked on the eve of the organisation’s
national conference.

By Quentin Reade

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