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Brexit ‘no deal’ guidance still lacking detail, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce has published an evaluation of government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.   BCC has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a

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Written on September 20, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Entries open for the Raising the Bar Awards

Businesses and organisations across West and North Yorkshire are invited to enter the Raising the Bar Awards. Raising the Bar is an initiative from the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce which helps companies with their social impact goals. The Raising the Bar Awards are held annually and enable businesses and employees to be recognised for the hard work

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Written on August 5, 2019Marketing. Published in Business support, Chamber News, News, Raising the Bar

Apprenticeship grants available

Looking to recruit more talent into your business? Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A core grant of £2,000 is on

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Written on April 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Help with the EU Settlement Scheme

The Government has issued an updated version of the employer tool-kit that helps EU citizens and their families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The link below will take you to a government web page with link to the tool-kit.  That page also has links to other guidance, including how to communicate the facts of the Settlement Scheme with your employees.

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Written on November 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Brexit, Business support, EU, Leeds, News, Policy, Skills, York

Monthly Economic Review: June 2018

The latest monthly economic review (June 2018), produced by the British Chambers of Commerce, is available to download here. This month’s headlines are as follows: •             UK GDP growth in Q1 2018 unrevised as business investment declines. •             UK labour market remains a bright spot but productivity falls in Q1. •             GDP growth slows in the US and the Eurozone

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Written on June 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Health & Well-being seminar – 6 June

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Local businesses are being made aware of an upcoming seminar to help promote occupational health. The free event on 6 June is aimed at anyone involved in developing, implementing and managing health, safety and well-being; it is open to anyone but will be of particular interest to local employers. The event has been organised by Bradford Area Occupational Health and

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Written on May 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Education, News

Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%. This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work. Find out more about Bradford Council’s

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Written on May 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Digital skills coaching session – Scarborough, 2 May

A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on Wednesday May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Business support, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Media, Members news, News, Skills, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

New procurement policy aims to boost Bradford businesses

Formal partnership agreements

Bradford Council has a new procurement policy aimed at providing more contracts for locally-based businesses. The new policy was introduced in April 2018, although we may have to wait some time before we see the full benefits (*).  The major change in the policy is to award additional ‘credit’, above a certain contract price level, to bidders providing ‘social value’

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Written on April 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News