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Practical help improving business-education links

Lobbying and campaigning

A booklet has been produced to help businesses and young people in Bradford come closer together and understand each others’ needs in relation to work. As well as championing how and why the nurturing of better business-education links is important, the booklet also gives plenty of examples of activities and programmes by which this can happen. The booklet (known as

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Written on January 4, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Education, Lobbying, News, Skills

Funding for IT upgrades

Grants for websites, ecommerce and IT projects

Funding is available to help businesses upgrade their IT connectivity. The Government has launched a ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’, with up to £3,000 for firms in West Yorkshire Combined Authority area (which includes York).  The scheme is being delivered locally by Chamber member Exa Networks – more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply, available here. (NOTE: Those who

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Bradford best for new-starts, say Barclays

Research by Barclays has revealed that Bradford is the best place in the country to start a new business. The bank’s SME Growth Factors Index uses 12 measures to determine the best conditions for businesses to thrive, with Bradford taking first place in four of them, so coming out top overall.  The district offers the best business rate relief, value

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, News

Currency volatility adding pressures

A new Chamber of Commerce survey reveals that a majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs. The British Chambers of Commerce survey, which included members from West & North Yorkshire Chamber, found that 63% expect costs to increase in the next 12 months as a result of the sterling devaluation.  This includes a quarter (24%)

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

What our MPs are doing for business in Bradford

What more would you like to see our MPs do for businesses in Bradford? Three of the District’s MPs will spell out their hopes and aspirations and field questions from members at an upcoming Chamber event. Philip Davies, John Grogan and Naz Shah will be at a business lunch at the Midland Hotel on Friday 12 January.  What issues should

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Written on December 4, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News

“Manufacturing is alive and kicking”: Bradford President

Manufacturing is alive and kicking, says Chamber President Bradford’s manufacturing sector is alive and kicking – that was the key message from the city’s Chamber of Commerce last night (Thursday 24 Nov). Chamber President Nick Garthwaite, in a keynote address at the Chamber’s annual dinner, proclaimed the sector to be in a strong position to be able to help drive

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Written on November 24, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News

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

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’ Brexit preparation guide

Brexit Principles Established

A ‘Brexit preparation’ guide has been published for employers. The guide, published by XpertHR, sets out how employers can prepare for likely changes affecting EU nationals working here. Employers may need to take several steps, including identifying any skills gaps and reviewing employment policies. The guide may need to be updated as negotiations progress. The guide is available when registering

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Written on April 24, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, EU, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, News, York

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