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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

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

Urban living can aid growth, says BPF event

A better quality offer of city centre accommodation is needed if Bradford’s urban living is to take off – that was one of the conclusions from a recent meeting of business people in the city. Bradford Property Forum, run by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, focused on city centre living at its latest meeting, when a lively debate

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Written on July 27, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Property, York

Low Pay Consultation response

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In its response to the Low Pay Commission Consultation, the British Chambers of Commerce calls for a cautious approach to setting the National Living Wage (NLW) but one which will help low-paid workers deal with the consequences of inflation without pricing people out of jobs. BCC has recommended an increase of 2.7% in the National Living Wage to compensate for the

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Written on July 19, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

New President for Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Bradford’s business community has a new leader. Nick Garthwaite is the new president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.  Nick, the managing director of Christeyns, was unanimously elected at the Chamber’s annual meeting today (Tuesday 18 July).   He succeeds Andy Caton, who has held the post for the last two years. Nick has already been involved with the Chamber’s policy development

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Written on July 18, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Uncategorized, York

Chamber welcomes HS2 announcement

Responding to news that HS2 phase 2b is to proceed, Leeds Chamber President Gerald Jennings said, “This announcement provides a degree of certainty for the Eastern leg of HS2, bringing the service to Leeds but we must continue to lobby for route confirmation. As we enter what might be an extended period of uncertainty in the run up to Brexit

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Written on July 17, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Transport

‘No deal’ not a Brexit option, says survey

One month on from the General Election, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published survey results from 2,400 companies, showing that, while businesses have a range of views on their preferred objectives for the UK in Brexit negotiations, there is almost no support to conclude UK-EU talks without a trade deal. Asked to consider which option came closest to

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Written on July 10, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Urban Living – Where Is It Going?

The last ten years or so has seen the proliferation of residential conversions in Bradford and the District’s town centres.  Not all of them have been successful.  And yet…there is the potential to meet some of Bradford’s housing shortage, assist local businesses operating in this sector, and boost local economic growth. So, where has it been successful?  Where has it

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

Pragmatism called for in Brexit negotiations

The British Chambers of Commerce has requested from government that business and economic issues feature prominently in Brexit negotiations. Adam Marshall, Director General, said: “As Brexit talks commence, UK firms want practical economic issues to be at the heart of the negotiations. Business wants an atmosphere of pragmatism, civility and mutual respect to characterise this complex process. “Over the coming

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Written on June 29, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

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