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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

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

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

Come and quiz senior Council team

Bradford Council’s big hitters are to speak to a joint Property Forum-Professionals’ Network audience in Bradford. Businesses have the opportunity to hear first-hand about plans for economic growth, regeneration and other issues likely to affect future prosperity across the District, aswell as being able to tell the local authority representatives about their issues. On Monday 6 November, 5-7pm, at the

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Written on October 13, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Property, York

Northern rail investment welcomed

At the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor has announced £300m for rail improvements in the North of England. The new money will be used to ensure HS2 will link to faster trains between Liverpool and Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and York – the Northern Powerhouse rail project.  The Northern Powerhouse rail scheme is being drawn up by local authorities and business leaders

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Written on October 2, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Economic Briefing – Yorkshire Building Society

Chamber members received the very latest economic forecasting from a most reliable source recently. Yorkshire Building Society’s head economist spoke at a joint Bradford Professionals’ Network/Property Forum event at this now annual event.  Andrew McPhillips, who is soon to take up a similar role with the newly-created Northern Powerhouse Partnership, predicted that interest rates could begin to rise as soon

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

Latest economic survey underway

The Chamber’s latest economic survey is underway now.  The findings we get from this work help us portray an accurate picture of recent and projected business performance, and support our lobbying and representation activities. Therefore, it is important to us that businesses take a few minutes to complete the survey, so that we can act swiftly and accurately on their

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Written on August 31, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Survey: Employment costs damage prospects

Three-quarters of businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber contributes to the annual workforce survey of the British Chambers of Commerce.  Findings reveal that pensions auto-enrolment, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the Apprenticeship Levy have increased the cost base of businesses, and could

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Written on August 25, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Skills, York

Economic Briefing – Friday 22 September

Bradford Property Forum and Bradford Professionals’ Network are once again to receive an economic briefing from Yorkshire Building Society’s Chief Economist, Andrew McPhillips.  See event details below, and book by clicking here. Businesses are getting on with what they do best, despite political and economic uncertainty, nationally and internationally.  However, the need for information and expert commentary to help you

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Written on July 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, EU, Export, Finance, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property, 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

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