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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

Business Lunch, Friday 14 Sep: Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones has been Harrogate & Knaresborough’s MP since 2010. The Conservative politician has held ministerial posts in the Department for Transport and the Treasury, and is currently one of the Party’s vice-chairs, with responsibility for business engagement. If you live or work in an area with connections to Andrew’s parliamentary seat, you should think about coming along to this

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Written on August 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

York Property Forum: Mon 3 Sep

York businesses are invited to the next Property Forum to hear about new opportunities in the sector. Speakers from higher education and the Local Enterprise Partnership will set out ideas and plans that will help drive forward the sub-region’s economy over the next few years. The five-year capital investment plan of York St John University will be demonstrated by Rob

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Written on August 24, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

GCSE Results: Chamber Reaction

GCSE Results – 23 Aug 2018 – West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Reaction “We welcome the news today that GCSE pass rates have risen overall.  The announcement that standards are increasing – and also that the gap between boys and girls is narrowing – is good news for employers, although this is, of course, not the only measurement

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Written on August 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York