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Populist promises and their business impact: Adam Marshall, BCC

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I was in Cornwall last week, a place as far away, both geographically and psychologically, from the Westminster bubble and the group-think of corporate multinationals as one can get in England. Yet, talking to members of this vibrant and close-knit business community, it swiftly became clear that they didn’t feel national politicians were listening to their needs – particularly when it

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Written on June 2, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Going Underground: How Sunbridge Wells Happened

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From dungeons in the 1700s to an unlicensed nightclub during the swinging 60s, Sunbridge Wells has had what can be called an ‘interesting past’ – and now businesses have the chance to find out all about it. The developer of one of Bradford’s most interesting building projects is to speak to businesses in the city.  Graham Hall of Sunbridge Wells

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Written on June 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Economy, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Election Blog 3: Give businesses certainty on Brexit

Business priorities highlighted in new Chamber Brexit report

The UK’s decision last June to leave the European Union has enormous consequences for all of us – for businesses this means leaving an institution that has been the cornerstone of our trading relationship with the European continent for over 40 years. Whilst business communities across the UK have shown a remarkable resilience to grow, invest, trade and recruit since

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

Election Blog 2: The Importance of Devolution

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It’s often the case with public policy that the jargon which surrounds it starts to obscure what’s really at stake. That is certainly true with devolution, where terms like ‘growth deal’, ‘functional economic area’ and ‘strategic economic plan’ can distract from the important issue at hand. In reality, besides Brexit, devolution is arguably the great cross-cutting theme of British politics.

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Written on May 30, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Election Blog 1: Creating a competitive environment

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For UK businesses to the deliver the jobs, growth and investment needed to secure our long-term economic future, they need a competitive environment here at home. However, as we approach yet another General Election, the UK continues to lag behind its international competitors. While corporation tax is decreasing, businesses remain disappointed at the lack of action on the high up-front taxes

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Written on May 30, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Brexit & Beyond: Our Business Manifesto

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The Chamber of Commerce network has produced a business manifesto for the 2017 General Election. The document is co-badged with West & North Yorkshire Chamber and the national umbrella organisation, and stresses the need for the key business issues to be addressed by the main parties, rather than just focusing on Brexit. Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce

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Written on May 3, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

MIPIM delegation to feed back at Chamber lunch

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Interest from developers and investors in the Leeds City Region has increased following MIPIM, the property investment forum, with a number of meetings with global investors taking place. Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said the scale of the Leeds City Region’s vision and economic opportunity had excited delegates at the international expo. Marsh said: “Leeds

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Written on April 18, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Property, York

Industrial Strategy submission

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The Chamber has responded to the Government’s recent consultation on an industrial strategy for the country. The 26-page document covers areas raised most frequently by members, including skills and education, procurement, devolution, transport and infrastructure.  The response is based around the ‘ten pillars’ or themes of the consultation.  The Government was asking if they were the most appropriate or relevant

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Written on April 18, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Powerhouse brochure and upcoming event

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A new brochure has been produced to help support the campaign to bring a high-speed rail station to Bradford. Part of the proposal for what is being touted as a ‘CrossRail North’ scheme to build a high-speed trans-Pennine rail link includes having a station in the West Yorkshire city.  The campaign, also backed by Leeds, spells out that a Bradford

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Written on April 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport

Powerhouse station campaign stays on track

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The Chamber joined forces recently with Bradford Council and community representatives to demand commitment from government and Transport for the North for a Northern Powerhouse Rail station in Bradford city centre. The campaign, Next Stop Bradford, highlight the benefits a Northern Powerhouse Rail (previously known as HS3) station in Bradford city centre will bring, not just to the Bradford economy

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Written on March 22, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

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