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Growth to slow again in 2020, says BCC

Economic growth in 2020 will slow to its weakest rate since the financial crisis, says the British Chambers of Commerce.  Higher government spending is struggling to offset falling business investment, weakening net trade and sluggish consumer spending.  GDP growth will slow from 1.3% this year to 1.0% in 2020 – the weakest since 2009 – according to the latest economic

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Written on December 9, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

QES Results: Brexit uncertainty holds back decision-making

Brexit uncertainty holding back decision making West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has published its latest round of economic survey findings. There is just one theme dominating this quarter’s results which is the ongoing and relentless uncertainty caused by Brexit. Manufacturing activity slowed significantly in the last three months as companies report the lowest level of domestic sales activity

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Written on October 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

The latest edition of the Quarterly Economic Report is now live

The Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey monitors economic trends and takes the business temperature, accurately and comprehensively, in a range of areas relevant to our members across West & North Yorkshire. The quarterly report is read by, and relied upon by policy makers across our region.   Read the Q3 report HERE   Share this page on social media

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Written on October 11, 2019Marketing. Tagged with:
Published in Chamber News, Economy, QES

BCC: Growth Expectations Downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce has today (Monday 16/09/19) released its latest economic forecast, downgrading growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.2% (from 1.3%) and to 0.8% (from 1.0%) for 2020. Our GDP growth forecast of 1.2% remains unchanged for 2021. While the leading business group expects that the UK economy will avoid a technical recession and return

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Written on September 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Economic Survey underway – please complete it

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Fieldwork is underway for the Chamber’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey.  It would help us greatly if businesses can take a few minutes (we promise that it can be done in 2-3 minutes) to complete the survey – it helps our lobbying activities, representation of the business community, and other work such as liaising with the Bank of England on their forecasts and projections. Take

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Written on August 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

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