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Bradford celebrates 10th anniversary as City of Film

Bradford is set to enjoy a year-long programme of celebratory events and activities as it enters its 10th year as a UNESCO City of Film. Driven by the city’s rich film heritage, Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Since the bestowment as a world centre for film, the City of Film has maintained a packed programme of

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Written on February 20, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media

Volatility and price pressures weigh on exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters expecting to increase prices has risen in the past three months; traders are struggling with the value of the pound and pressure from raw material costs and other overheads. These are key findings of the latest British Chambers of Commerce research, in partnership with DHL. Surveying 2,600 exporters (and on export documentation

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Written on February 15, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Chamber gets match-funding for more business space

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has been awarded match European funding to develop additional offices and industrial units in Bradford. These serviced offices will be offered on flexible terms at the Chamber’s historic Victorian headquarters Devere House, in Little Germany, and will comprise twelve offices over two floors. The investment will also add three industrial units with mezzanine

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Written on January 29, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, News, Property

Work Experience – Bradford firms sought

Bradford-based work experience provider City Training Services is looking for businesses to help place young people. We all know how important work experience can be for both pupils and organisations, and so interested parties are asked to get in touch with CTS as soon as possible. In particular, businesses connected to the digital sector are of interest at this time

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Written on January 23, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, News, Raising the Bar

Survey Results: Pause button hit on investment

Regional business ended the year strongly but uncertainty is holding back decision-making; these are the main findings from the Chamber’s last economic survey of 2018. Carried out in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the survey highlighted strong employment across the region but indicated a slowing in investment intentions. Chamber Chair Gerald Jennings said: “The results suggest that major

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Written on January 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Importing and exporting: The challenges and opportunities in a time of change

An event on the challenges of importing and exporting for manufacturers is to be hosted by the Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance and the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance later this month. This manufacturer only event on Wednesday 30th January is a great opportunity to network with manufacturers from the region and to hear about the challenges and opportunities when

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Written on January 9, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Export, Manufacturing, News

Invest in Bradford to host free finance and funding event

The Invest in Bradford Enterprise Network is opening its doors to all professionals interested in finance at its next free event. The aim of the event is to inform businesses about funding, finance and grants that they may be eligible for. Finding out more about funding options is an excellent way to unlock the growth potential of new and established

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Written on January 9, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Finance, News

Bradford-Shipley Route Improvement Consultation

Views are being invited on plans to improve the main roads between Bradford and Shipley. Information on the plans is online here, including an online questionnaire (hard copy available on request). Bradford Chamber’s Leadership Group will receive a presentation on this issue at its meeting on 29 January, but we would still like to hear from other members who have

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Written on January 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, York

Chamber delegation met Shadow Chancellor

Business leaders from West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce met Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell recently. The senior opposition MP visited Shipley in support of the party’s election candidate, Jo Pike, and included a meeting with the Chamber as part of the trip.  Nick Garthwaite and Suzanne Watson, respectively Bradford Chamber’s president and vice-president, led the business delegation, which

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Written on January 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York