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Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%. This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work. Find out more about Bradford Council’s

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Written on May 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Digital skills coaching session – Scarborough, 2 May

A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on Wednesday May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Business support, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Media, Members news, News, Skills, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

New procurement policy aims to boost Bradford businesses

Formal partnership agreements

Bradford Council has a new procurement policy aimed at providing more contracts for locally-based businesses. The new policy was introduced in April 2018, although we may have to wait some time before we see the full benefits (*).  The major change in the policy is to award additional ‘credit’, above a certain contract price level, to bidders providing ‘social value’

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Written on April 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News

Chamber report highlights growth opportunities

In order for Bradford to meet the objectives in its new economic growth strategy, more land needs to be made available for employment use.  This is one of the calls to action in a new Chamber of Commerce report, out today (Wednesday 18 April 2018). The report is available here. Bradford Property Forum Chair, Allan Booth, of Rance Booth Smith

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Written on April 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Property

HR research: flexi-working and returner recruitment

HR Professionals are being requested to help with government research underway to understand employers’ views on the barriers to, and facilitators of, flexible working and returner recruitment. What’s needed?   An hour’s interview time in April or May 2018. Why? The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has partnered with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to generate evidence on what works to improve

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Written on April 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, Skills, York

Bradford Property Forum – Wed 18 April, 8-9.45am

The changing role of city centres – a market perspective on emerging trends When: 8-9.45am; Wed 18 April 2018 Where: Bradford City FC, Valley Parade, BD8 7DZ What: Emerging office/retail trends and their likely impact on Bradford Who: Cushman & Wakefield; property developer; This session will look at the key trends/future outlook for property market sectors and the implications for

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Written on March 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property, York

Brexit Checklist available

A ‘Brexit Checklist’ is now available for businesses thanks to the Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with the British Chambers of Commerce, we have produced a handy document that should serve businesses well as the Government continues to negotiate its way towards Brexit. The document is available here. Also, BCC has commented on the latest progress to be made on

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Written on March 20, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Poor mobile connectivity? Let us know

Businesses are being asked to provide details of where there is current poor mobile phone connectivity. The Chamber network across the UK is launching a campaign that will bring together business communities and those involved in delivering mobile networks to identify coverage challenges and work through solutions to improve poor mobile connectivity. ‘Not-spots’ and areas of partial ‘not-spots’ hamper businesses

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Written on March 20, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Research backs NPR city station

Emerging research shows that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford city centre could boost the economy by up to £15bn by 2060, creating up to 15,000 jobs across the city region.  Two computer-generated images have been released (included here) that show how Bradford Interchange and the surrounding area could be transformed by investing in a city centre station

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Written on March 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

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