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Better digital skills can save time and increase customers. Recognising this, Google has developed a package of online learning to help businesses improve their digital capability – the Google Digital Garage. So far the Google Digital Garage has helped thousands of businesses to do more with digital. But Tinder Foundation and Google are partnering to ensure the resources can reach

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Written on April 5, 2016Marketing. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News, Skills

Banking market report

Commenting on the CMA report setting out the preliminary findings of the competition regulator’s investigation of the SME business banking market, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses have waited a year for the CMA to undertake its investigation, and many will be disappointed with the results. The CMA’s preliminary report pulls many of its

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Written on October 27, 2015Marketing. Published in Economy, Finance, Members news, News, News story 2

150 BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM £500,000 SKILLS FUNDING

Over 150 businesses have benefitted from funded training through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). More than £500,000 has now been awarded to businesses to invest in skills, enabling them to maximise their training budget and support their staff development. The LEP’s recent business survey revealed that 74% of businesses have identified skills gaps in their workforce, demonstrating the

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Written on October 15, 2015Marketing. Published in Economy, Education, Finance, News

150 BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM £500,000 SKILLS FUNDING

Over 150 businesses have benefitted from funded training through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). More than £500,000 has now been awarded to businesses to invest in skills, enabling them to maximise their training budget and support their staff development. The LEP’s recent business survey revealed that 74% of businesses have identified skills gaps in their workforce, demonstrating the

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Written on October 5, 2015Marketing. Published in Finance

£2,000 apprentice grant

Small and medium-sized businesses in West Yorkshire and York can now benefit from a grant of up to £2,000 to help take on an apprentice and grow their business. The LEP’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers supports businesses recruit young people, aged 16-24, into employment with financial support of up to £2,000 available. Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP said:

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Written on August 3, 2015Marketing. Published in apprenticeships, Finance, News, News story 2

Catering to the over 65s: an opportunity for the leisure sector

69% of hospitality and leisure businesses in Yorkshire have no plans to introduce any products or services aimed at the over 65s, despite it being the highest spending generation for the sector. New research released today by Barclays shows that the over 65s added £37 billion to the UK economy through spending on the Hospitality & Leisure sector in the

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Written on April 23, 2015Marketing. Published in Finance, Members news

Rates review welcomed, but make a difference

A government announcement to review business rates has to lead to action at the coal-face – this is the message going to ministers. The long-called for reform of the current system has to now come sooner rather than later, or businesses will have more discontent in years to come. President of Bradford Chamber, Paul Mackie, said:  “It is good to

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Written on March 17, 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Finance, Lobbying, Media, News

Chamber calls for investment incentive in Budget

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is backing the national Chamber body’s Budget appeal ahead of 18 March, but is not holding its breath for great things to happen. The Chamber, which covers Bradford, Leeds, York & North Yorkshire, says that, with a General Election so close and so much uncertainty around the result, plus government finances remaining so

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Written on March 17, 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Finance, Lobbying, Media, News

BCC: Disappointing lending figures raise questions about availability of growth capital

British banks and building societies drew down £8.4bn in Q4 2014 from the Funding for Lending Scheme. Net lending to businesses fell by £6.9bn in Q4 2014. Net lending to SMEs fell by £810m in Q4, compared to a contraction of £100m in Q3. Commenting on the Funding for Lending figures published by the Bank of England today, Dr. Adam

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Written on February 26, 2015Marketing. Published in Finance, News

Judges announced for the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards

Barclays today announces the judging panel for their inaugural Celebrating Women in Business Awards launched last week. Launched by Lee Collinson, Barclays Corporate Managing Director for Yorkshire and the North East, the awards are aimed at senior business women operating in mid to large companies in any sector across Yorkshire. The judges will be looking for women who have made

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Written on January 20, 2015Marketing. Published in Finance