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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

Devolution survey results released

Results from the West & North Yorkshire and Mid Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce’s latest survey show the majority of business owners are in favour of devolution. The survey of businesses said that 76% of them either agree or strongly agree that powers, responsibilities and resources should be devolved from Whitehall. Powers for greater control over infrastructure, business support, education &

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Written on November 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

“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

Budget Reaction

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“With confirmation that the economy looks set to slow over the coming year, the Chancellor found some wriggle room in his 2017 Budget.  More needs to be done to reduce the impact of business rates on investment and growth, but today’s announcement on pegging rises to CPI, rather than RPI, will lessen the impact on hard-pressed firms in our region.

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Written on November 22, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Chamber welcomes TfN powers and legal footing

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has responded to a government announcement that Transport for the North is set to get legal powers and responsibilities. The move will make TfN the only pan-regional body and helps underpin the Northern Powerhouse project.  Aswell as being granted £260m of government funding, the new sub-regional transport body is to be allocated £18m

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Written on November 16, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Rate Rise: Chamber Reaction

Bank of England

For the first time in more than ten years the Bank of England has raised interest rates. The official bank rate has been lifted from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007.  The move reverses the cut in August of last year – made in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. The Monetary Policy

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

Post-Brexit Customs Models Discussed

Businesses from West & North Yorkshire have met with government representatives to discuss post-Brexit future customs arrangements. The meeting, organised by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, saw attendees call for the government to avoid a prolonged transition period, as this would add to increasing levels of uncertainty facing many firms.  It was suggested that the two-year period put

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Written on October 31, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, York

Region is outperforming national economy, says survey

Yorkshire businesses are outperforming the national average over the course of the third quarter. This is the headline report from the latest economic survey of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  Businesses trading both domestically and internationally have reported increased sales and thickening order books, with the latter in particular benefitting from recent currency fluctuations.  More companies are also

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Written on October 24, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Paula’s pride at presidential role

Leeds Chamber President Paula Dillon has spoken of her pride at being asked to take on the top job. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with TheBusinessDesk.com, Paula says how she is looking forward to being an ambassador for the Leeds business community, and proud to be part of an all-female team (her vice-president is Shulmans partner and Head of Planning, Amanda

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Written on October 17, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, Property, York

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