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Monthly Economic Review – March 2019

The latest monthly economic review from the British Chambers of Commerce (March 2019) is available to download here. The key headlines this time around are: • UK GDP growth slowed in Q4 2018 as the manufacturing sector weakens further • Business investment in the UK continues to contract as the trade deficit widens • UK jobs market strengthens further as

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

Bradford launches NPR Growth Strategy

Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy at the international property conference, MIPIM. Focussing on skills and education and unlocking growth at the Southern Gateway to the city, the NPR Growth Strategy covers six key areas. According to the strategy: A better-connected Bradford is an opportunity to create a more productive economic system across the whole

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Written on March 12, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport

Businesses invited to school careers networking event

Businesses are invited to attend the Primary Careers Conference and Networking Event, designed to help create links and showcase job opportunities in schools. The event will bring together primary school head teachers, education providers, businesses and employers, both local and national. Presentations will be held about why it is important to raise awareness and aspirations for careers which students have

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Written on February 26, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Bradford, Education, News

Bradford Economic Strategy: One Year On

One year on from the strategy launch, Bradford Economic Partnership will be sharing with you the strong progress made in attracting new investment, starting up new businesses, building new partnerships and bringing more people into the workforce. The strategy wants to add £4bn to the district’s economy, generate 20,000 new jobs and improve the skills of nearly 50,000 residents by

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Written on February 26, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Manufacturing, News, Policy

Marianne moves up as new BPF Chair

Bradford Chamber of Commerce Property Forum has a new chair. Marianne McCallum has taken over from Allan Booth, the chair of the last two years. Marianne, Planning Director with WYG Group, will now lead the property network up to 2021.   The Property Forum has regular networking meetings, but also contributes to the Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities with the support

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Written on February 25, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

BCC: Trade agreement delays are disappointing

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it is businesses and consumers both

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Written on February 22, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Property & Power: What’s in it for you?

Business are being invited to attend an event that will hear about two ongoing initiatives that will drive forward economic growth in Bradford and West Yorkshire. Bradford Property Forum will meet on Tuesday 12 March and hear from two speakers. Keyland Developments will present on their plans to create a multi-purpose commercial and residential scheme on a 30-acre site around

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Written on February 21, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property

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, 2019Emily Gibson. 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