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Poll asks about planned pay settlements

Bank of England

Businesses are asked to take part in a short poll about planned pay awards for this year. The work is part of the Chamber’s regular dialogue with the Bank of England, while also assisting the tracking of the economy that supports our lobbying activities. The poll is open until 7 February, and contains just five questions, including what pay settlement

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

PM’s Brexit Plan: Chamber Reaction

The Chamber reacts to Brexit announcements

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has reacted to the Prime Minister’s Brexit Plan speech, made on Tuesday 17 Jan 2017. Andrew Latchmore, Chair of the Brexit Advisory Group of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Prime Minister and her Brexit team have a difficult path to walk: they are criticised for being vague and without

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Written on January 17, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Survey shows confidence maintained

Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 results

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today (Thursday) publishes its Quarterly Economic Survey – the UK’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey. Based on 7,250 responses from companies in Q4 2016, the results show the uptick in Q3 in the manufacturing sector has been sustained in the final quarter, and more service sector firms were expecting growth than

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Written on January 5, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, News story 4, York

Sara gets into gear as new transport head

highwayagencysign

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has elected a new chair of its transport group. Sara Gilmore, a Legal Director at Addleshaw Goddard, has ten years’ experience in specialising in transport matters, and succeeds Nigel Foster of Fore Consulting. Transport continues to be cited by businesses in the region as a major concern, and the group is expected to

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Written on December 15, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, Transport, York

BCC Economic Forecast: 2016 momentum not set to continue

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast from 1.8% to 2.1% for 2016, and from 1.0% to 1.1% in 2017. However, it has also downgraded expectations for 2018 from 1.8% to 1.4%. The leading business group upgraded its forecast for 2016 after the UK economy recorded stronger than expected growth in the

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Written on December 12, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, News

Airport link to finally get approval

First TransPennine train

A railway station serving Leeds Bradford Airport is part of £270 million proposals to transform transport in Leeds. Details of the airport parkway station have been revealed ahead of the release of a new transport strategy by Leeds Council, which the leader has described as a “transformational step change for public transport”. It would be built on the existing Leeds

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Written on December 6, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport

Manufacturer meets Brexit minister

Leeds Manufacturer Goes on the Record with Department for Exiting the EU

Thursday saw Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union Lord Bridges visit Leeds-based jukebox manufacturer Sound Leisure to discuss concerns and expectations surrounding Brexit. The visit, part of the Government’s current consensus on the approach of negotiations and the UK’s future relationship with the EU, was arranged by Leeds Manufacturing Alliance in their continued support of

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Written on December 2, 2016Iain Moyser. Published in Chamber News, Economy, EU, Export, Leeds, Members news, News

Autumn Statement: Chamber Reaction

QES Q4 2016

Autumn Statement – 23 Nov 2016 Reaction of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Stephen Wright, Chairman, said: “There are some very welcome measures announced in today’s Autumn Statement.  Given the current backdrop of uncertainty and change underway in the world, the package announced by Philip Hammond should offer some reassurance. “The measures on transport and infrastructure, and for

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Written on November 23, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Reaction to HS2 route announcement

Leeds President, 'Rethinking Leeds HS2 station'

Leeds Chamber of Commerce has welcomed today’s announcement of the route for the HS2 high-speed rail link. The announcement sets out the route for phase 2b from Crewe and Birmingham onwards to Leeds and Manchester. Gerald Jennings, President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, said: “HS2 will be the biggest single investment in the North of England in a generation and

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Written on November 15, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

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