Policy & Lobbying
AGCC acts as the voice of business for around 1,200 members, lobbying on issues which impact on them. Policy is developed in conjunction with our policy council, an elected group of 27 members representing all sizes and sectors of our membership. Information gathered from the wider membership on an ongoing basis is also fed into policy formation.
Please contact Rachel Elliott for more information.
International Trade & Export Documentation
Our international trade team provide advice on worldwide export documentation requirements and trade regulations. Members of AGCC also receive 50% discount on European certificate of origin costs.
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Oil & Gas Survey 22
In just a little over one month we will begin fieldwork for the 22nd Oil & Gas Survey once again sponsored by Bond Dickinson. In the past few months the findings of your 21st study have been heavily used in the political arena and next time fieldwork will be timed to capture the views of industry after the budget, which we hope will include fiscal measures for the sector.
Look out for your personal invite to participate to this important research and in the meantime have a look at the 21st Survey an example of the international research we undertaken for Scottish Development International, the 2015 study will be launched in early May.
Jim Murphy meets Chamber members
Fiscal reform in the oil and gas industry and wealth generation were all on the agenda as members of the Chamber met with Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy MP on Friday January 23rd. http://www.agcc.co.uk/chamber-media/chamber-releases/item/26638-scottish-labour-leader-speaks-with-north-east-business/
Jim answered questions about how the UK offshore industry could be protected from the recent reduction in oil prices and what reforms should be made to the tax system.
For more information about our political engagement events, which are open to all members, please contact Rachel Elliott.
AGCC lobbies Chancellor for urgent reform to offshore oil and gas taxation
The Chamber has written to Chancellor George Osborne calling for swift reform to the UK offshore oil and gas tax system.
The letter calls for the supplementary charge to be abolished and for cross-party commitment to maintain the headline rate of taxation for an extended period of time.
UK Government consults on Offshore Investment Allowance
Following the announcement in December 2014 that the UK Government would set up an offshore investment allowance to stimulate investment in the UKCS, a consultation has been launched seeking industry’s views on the operation of the allowance.
The UK Government are planning to create a capital expenditure linked, basin-wide allowance which will exempt a portion of a company’s profits from the supplementary charge.
The Chamber will be submitting a response to this consultation on behalf of members. To make your views known with the Chamber’s policy team, please complete the short discussion paper. (Hyperlink to oil and gas discussion paper)
News and emerging issues
The past couple of weeks has been a busy period for the Oil & Gas industry in a media sense. The first major event gaining coverage was the Energy Jobs Taskforce set up by the Scottish Government and being chaired by Lena Wilson from Scottish Enterprise. This group is focused on employment and your Chamber has a seat on the Taskforce. If there is anything specific you want to feed in let us know. Work in this area is still at a very early stage. The next meeting is in late February.
The second major event just this week was the Oil & Gas summit. At the summit consensus (like in most other forum) was significant, actions speak louder than words so let’s hope actions are delivered.
Finally, some members have made comments to us about contracting methods, costs being squeezed unilaterally and late or slow payment. If you are experiencing challenges in these areas let us know.
ACSEF City Deal survey
One of the biggest ‘asks’ of the industry has been for investment in infrastructure to be made in the North-east to ensure our region remains competitive on an international basis.
The good news is that Aberdeen City and Shire Councils are now in negotiations with Government about a ‘City Deal’. This initiative would help our region unlock funding to support infrastructure delivery. To aide discussions with Government the partners are keen to hear your views on the priorities through a very short (around 2/3 minute) survey….
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AGCC Renewable Energy Sector Survey
The report has identified and brought to the fore the scale, profile and state of the renewable energy industry in North-east Scotland, as well as providing an assessment of the issues, concerns and priorities of businesses operating within the sector. A significant number of companies expect to increase activity, investment and profitability within the next one to three years. In addition, these companies have indicated that they will require skills and knowledge that can be filled locally. Future investment in overall infrastructure is important, but a number of priority areas have been identified, notably, the need to continuously work toward improving the local transport network, sustained effort at creating new links into the city via air and land, and the need to engage local communities.
It is also evident that as the renewable energy sector continues to expand, the industry may soon experience skills shortages in key areas of the workforce. Relevant skilled and experienced personnel will also be in demand from the oil and gas sector. This is anticipated to create staff shortages in the renewable energy sector at a time when the industry needs its full resource base to grow.
Finally, it is important to draw attention to the limitations of this study. Given that only 29% of business contacted responded to this research, and only 61% of responses were fully utilised, the findings herein may be limited in generalisation and should therefore be interpreted with a level of caution. Nevertheless, the message is clear. Renewable energy is the future; and building upon its oil and gas heritage, those who responded feel that Aberdeen City and Shire is well placed to deliver this future, for the local population, for Scotland , the UK and indeed the rest of Europe.
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To find out how to sponsor the 2013 survey, contact Emma Moulden.
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