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New Chair for the Chamber

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has had a change of personnel within its organisation. The business support group that covers Bradford, Leeds and York & North Yorkshire sees a shift in its Board of Directors. Gerald Jennings has succeeded Stephen Wright as the group’s Chairman, with Andy Caton coming in as Vice-Chairman. The changes happened at the organisation’s

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Written on September 13, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Latest economic survey underway

The Chamber’s latest economic survey is underway now.  The findings we get from this work help us portray an accurate picture of recent and projected business performance, and support our lobbying and representation activities. Therefore, it is important to us that businesses take a few minutes to complete the survey, so that we can act swiftly and accurately on their

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Written on August 31, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Survey: Employment costs damage prospects

Three-quarters of businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber contributes to the annual workforce survey of the British Chambers of Commerce.  Findings reveal that pensions auto-enrolment, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the Apprenticeship Levy have increased the cost base of businesses, and could

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Written on August 25, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Skills, York

Hollywood stars in Bradford-based film

A new film made largely in Bradford, featuring international stars, will debut at a top festival next month. Lies We Tell, starring Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel, is to be screened at London’s Raindance Festival in September. Bradford, a UNESCO City of Film since 2009 – and the very first one, to boot! – is seeing more and more film

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Written on August 21, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Media, Members news, News

Plans for former mill brought forward

Conditioning House

Plans to redevelop one of Bradford’s most iconic buildings has taken another step forward. Conditioning House, which stands on land between Canal Road and Forster Square Retail Park, was bought by developer, the Priestley Group, a year ago, and proposals have been submitted to Bradford Council for a residential conversion. The former textile mill has been derelict for nigh-on 30

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Written on August 9, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Manufacturing, News, Property

New faces for Chamber Board

New blood for Chamber Board

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has some new blood on its Board. The group that represents and supports businesses in Bradford, Leeds, York & North Yorkshire has gained two new directors.  Andrew Digwood of Rollitts solicitors and Suzanne Watson of Approach PR were both elected by members and took up their posts in July.  Ed Everard of Saville

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Written on August 3, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, York

Changes to childcare – info here

Childcare

If you’re a working parent, you can apply now for two new government childcare schemes launching this year – Tax-Free Childcare which begins immediately and 30 hours free childcare which starts in September. This video shows what parents think about the new 30 hours. You can apply through the new digital childcare service if you have a child under 4 on 31

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Written on August 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, York

Bradford South MP conducts business survey

JudithCummins

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins is seeking the views of businesses in her constituency. The Chamber works with all the major political parties on behalf of our members and, as such, is encouraging participation from businesses in the following wards and/or postcodes: Great Horton, Queensbury, Royds, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke – roughly (but not exactly) equating with BD4, 6, 7,

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Written on August 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Education, EU, Export, Finance, Infrastructure, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News, Skills, Transport

Employers concerned about return to the past on tribunals, says BCC

Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling on Employment Tribunal fees, Mike Spicer, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A fair tribunal system must provide access to justice for all, while at the same time discouraging unmeritorious claims. “Today’s ruling will leave employers concerned about a return to the past, when despite winning the majority of cases, companies

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Written on August 1, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, York

Home Secretary right to take objective look at migration trends and needs

Commenting on the Home Secretary’s decision to ask the independent Migration Advisory Committee to evaluate the present and future impacts of migration on the UK economy, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “We welcome the Home Secretary’s decision to commission rigorous and independent analysis to inform the shape of our future immigration system. Business

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Written on August 1, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Lobbying, News, York

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