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BCC: Growth expectations downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at just 1.1% (down from 1.3%). The BCC has also downgraded its GDP growth forecast for 2019 from 1.4% to 1.3%. Our latest forecast implies that by 2020 the UK economy will have experienced its second weakest decade of average

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Written on September 19, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy

Property Lunch to hear about Odeon plans

Making ‘Bradford Live’ again What’s happening with the former Odeon building? How will it change the fortunes of Bradford? When is it going to happen? Come along and find out at this Bradford Property Forum Lunch – Tuesday 16 October, at the Great Victoria Hotel. Lots of things have been said about the demise and re-birth of the building last

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Written on September 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property

Chamber members bend minister’s ear

Businesses in Bradford were able to tell a leading cabinet minister about the importance of transport connections in the District, thanks to the Chamber. At only two days’ notice, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce pulled in a group of businesses and found a venue to host Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and a team of civil servants, prior to

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Written on September 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Shining light on the energy sector

Businesses are being encouraged to attend a networking event to hear about latest plans to transform the energy sector. The head of Drax Power, Andy Koss, will speak at an upcoming lunch of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  Andy will cover the many changes in the energy industry in recent years, and take questions on the sector’s future

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Written on September 6, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Sterling volatility is major exporter concern

A national Chamber survey of 2,600 exporters has found that confidence in future operations remains strong, but external economic and political factors are having an impact. The results show 60% of exporting manufacturers were more concerned about exchange rates in the second quarter of the year than previously. There was also increased concern among 43% of service exporters, highlighting the

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Written on August 31, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, York

‘Light Night Leeds’ gets cultural backing

Leeds 2023 – the city’s new cultural festival – is to be the headline partner for October’s ‘Light Night Leeds’, the two-day arts and light festival that changes the city centre landscape. On 4 & 5 October, ‘Light Night Leeds’ will see prominent locations across the city centre transformed by an array of light and sound installations. Sharon Watson, chair

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Written on August 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Leeds, Media, News

The Challenge of Brexit for the North – conference in Leeds

Businesses are being invited to attend a conference in Leeds in September to discuss the challenge of Brexit specifically on the North of England. The full-day conference, at Leeds University on 20 September, will feature business leaders, academics and politicians, and will address areas such as education and skills, energy and infrastructure, and possible impact on investment.  The focus is

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Written on August 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Brexit, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Request for survey completion

Please spare three minutes to complete the latest quarterly economic survey (QES). Click here to go to the online survey. The survey provides a finger on the pulse of the region’s economy; the Chamber also makes extensive use of the findings to help guide policy-makers and ensure that regional business sentiment influences decision-making. By completing the QES you are helping

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

‘Any Questions’ to broadcast from Leeds

A live broadcast of Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ – chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby and currently celebrating its 70th anniversary – is being hosted at Leeds Minster on Friday 7 September 2018. Free tickets are required, and these can be obtained by emailing admin@leedsminster.org. More info, including panellists, available at http://www.leedsminster.org/events/BBC-Radio-4-Any-Questions/ The panellist for this event are the following: Lord Eric Pickles

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Media, News, Policy, York