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Chamber head recognised with doctorate

Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bradford University’s Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences on Wednesday 5 December 2018.  Sandy was recognised for her contributions to business and enterprise, aswell as for having a pioneering attitude and commitment to collaboration. Since her initial involvement with the Chamber

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Written on December 6, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, York

Brexit declaration: BCC Reaction

Commenting on today’s (22 Nov) announcement that the UK government and EU Commission have agreed a Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While we welcome the fact that more flesh has been put on the bones of the proposed future UK-EU relationship, the reality is that the clarity and precision businesses

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Written on November 22, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Leeds takes centre stage in Channel 4 move

Of Channel 4’s decision to move its headquarters to the city, Leeds Chamber of Commerce President, Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, said: “Channel 4’s decision emphasises the strength of the city and region, and the role of Leeds at the centre of the North and the heart of the UK. This decision is hugely significant

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Written on November 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Media, News

Budget – Detailed Reactions & Measures Outlined

For detailed information on various aspects of the 2018 Budget, see the links below. Breakdown of measures announced, categorised into subjects – click here British Chambers of Commerce comments on various measures – click here Economic summary of key points and OBR forecast – click here West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce initial reaction is below. “We know that

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Written on October 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Budget – Chamber Initial Reaction

“We know that a significant period of change lies ahead; that’s why the Chamber network this year, in its Budget submission, called for radical measures to enable business to meet the upcoming challenges facing the UK economy. Measures to boost investment, competitiveness and productivity are needed to embolden the UK economy ahead of and throughout the upcoming period surrounding Brexit.

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Written on October 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Budget Submission: Measures to counter Brexit headwinds

Lobbying key decision makers

The British Chambers of Commerce has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the upcoming Autumn Budget. BCC has proposed action in seven key areas: • An exceptional ‘Brexit Investment Incentive’ – with the Annual Investment Allowance boosted to £1m to ‘crowd in’ both domestic and international investment – and stem the weakening in business investment in the

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

‘Bradford Live’ scheme hits the right notes at property lunch

The man leading the scheme to bring Bradford’s former Odeon building back into use gave an update to the business community recently. Lee Craven, who intends to make ‘Bradford Live’ again, addressed a Chamber of Commerce audience in the city, telling them about the planned uses for the site.  The £20 million scheme will be operated by events and venue

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Survey says Brexit affecting international trade

A survey by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL Express UK, has today (18 Oct 2018) revealed that almost half – 49% – of businesses have uncertainty over Brexit front of mind when deciding whether to trade internationally, highlighting the economic cost of the persistent lack of political clarity. A similar number (48%) of firms are concerned

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Prime Minister backs inaugural manufacturing scheme

The Prime Minister has given her backing to a Bradford scheme promoting a future in manufacturing for young people. Theresa May said Bradford Manufacturing Week is a “great opportunity” to showcase future job prospects and careers for young people across the area. Organisers say more than 1,000 young people have signed up to more than 3,000 manufacturing experiences across the

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Written on October 11, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, News

Green growth the key, says energy boss

Green growth is now front-and-centre of the energy sector, according to a senior director at one of the region’s biggest businesses. Clare Harbord of Drax power Group told the annual meeting of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce that the business has embraced recent technological advances in order to turn around how it operates.  The energy producer is successfully

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Written on October 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media, News, York