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Chamber comments on Leeds featuring in UK’s top ten digital technology cities

A new census, published today by The Data City, reveals that Leeds is the 7th best city in the UK for digital technology.   The report shows that the city has 5,556 organisations in the sector, covering AI and Data, ECommerce, Cyber, Digital, Gaming, Internet of Things (IoT), MedTech and Fintech.  There were also 207 events or meetups for the sector

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Written on June 25, 2019Marketing. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, News

QES Results: Decisions on hold

The message coming out of this quarter’s economic survey report is that companies across our region are in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Manufacturers reported increasing sales over the last quarter, both home and abroad, outperforming the national average. Some of this has been attributed to companies focusing on UK markets where customers higher up the

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Written on April 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

BCC QES: Business hits the brakes

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey shows key indicators weakened considerably in early 2019.  The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales at its lowest level in a decade The balance of firms reporting improved cashflow turned negative for the first time since 2012 Investment intentions in both manufacturing and services sectors at lowest level

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Written on April 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES

BCC: Growth forecast downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for

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Written on March 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Spring Statement: BCC Reaction

Commenting on the Spring Statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The Chancellor is right to warn of the risks that a messy and disorderly exit on March 29th would pose for the economy. Westminster must heed the fact that businesses and government agencies are simply not ready for such an abrupt change,

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Monthly Economic Review – March 2019

The latest monthly economic review from the British Chambers of Commerce (March 2019) is available to download here. The key headlines this time around are: • UK GDP growth slowed in Q4 2018 as the manufacturing sector weakens further • Business investment in the UK continues to contract as the trade deficit widens • UK jobs market strengthens further as

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

Property & Power: What’s in it for you?

Business are being invited to attend an event that will hear about two ongoing initiatives that will drive forward economic growth in Bradford and West Yorkshire. Bradford Property Forum will meet on Tuesday 12 March and hear from two speakers. Keyland Developments will present on their plans to create a multi-purpose commercial and residential scheme on a 30-acre site around

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Written on February 21, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property

Survey Results: Pause button hit on investment

Regional business ended the year strongly but uncertainty is holding back decision-making; these are the main findings from the Chamber’s last economic survey of 2018. Carried out in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the survey highlighted strong employment across the region but indicated a slowing in investment intentions. Chamber Chair Gerald Jennings said: “The results suggest that major

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Written on January 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, York