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New Chair for the Chamber

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has had a change of personnel within its organisation. The business support group that covers Bradford, Leeds and York & North Yorkshire sees a shift in its Board of Directors. Gerald Jennings has succeeded Stephen Wright as the group’s Chairman, with Andy Caton coming in as Vice-Chairman. The changes happened at the organisation’s

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Written on September 13, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, 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

New faces for Chamber Board

New blood for Chamber Board

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has some new blood on its Board. The group that represents and supports businesses in Bradford, Leeds, York & North Yorkshire has gained two new directors.  Andrew Digwood of Rollitts solicitors and Suzanne Watson of Approach PR were both elected by members and took up their posts in July.  Ed Everard of Saville

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Written on August 3, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, York

Changes to childcare – info here

Childcare

If you’re a working parent, you can apply now for two new government childcare schemes launching this year – Tax-Free Childcare which begins immediately and 30 hours free childcare which starts in September. This video shows what parents think about the new 30 hours. You can apply through the new digital childcare service if you have a child under 4 on 31

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Written on August 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, York

Employers concerned about return to the past on tribunals, says BCC

Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling on Employment Tribunal fees, Mike Spicer, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “A fair tribunal system must provide access to justice for all, while at the same time discouraging unmeritorious claims. “Today’s ruling will leave employers concerned about a return to the past, when despite winning the majority of cases, companies

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Written on August 1, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, 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

Business Fraud – Be Aware!

Several recent high value frauds have targeted businesses in Leeds. Goods have been purchased from a number of different companies by an unknown male with an Asian accent using a non-Asian sounding name ordering via telephone. These goods are paid for using a MasterCard. This card is authorised for use by the bank and the goods have been collected by

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Written on July 21, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Legal, News, York

Low Pay Consultation response

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In its response to the Low Pay Commission Consultation, the British Chambers of Commerce calls for a cautious approach to setting the National Living Wage (NLW) but one which will help low-paid workers deal with the consequences of inflation without pricing people out of jobs. BCC has recommended an increase of 2.7% in the National Living Wage to compensate for the

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Written on July 19, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

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