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Forster Square plans get public thumbs-up

A public consultation on the future of Forster Square station has resulted in an 85% approval rate for the new look. The current building will be replaced, as will the lift and staircase as part of a £17 million redevelopment scheme. The short public consultation in December resulted in 340 online and 400 paper responses. A process to procure services

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Written on January 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Infrastructure, Leeds, News, Transport

Trade with Europe to remain strong, says survey

The British Chambers of Commerce has said that any future UK-EU trade deal must minimise barriers to trade. Survey results, carried out in partnership with DHL, show that UK businesses regard Europe as their primary trading partner for the foreseeable future. The results found that over the next three years, the top two markets which most businesses plan to start

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Written on January 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Brexit options visualised in graphic

An info-graphic illustrating the various Brexit deals that could be available has been presented to EU leaders. The graphic is available online here, and other versions of it, including the thorny issue of borders with Ireland, have been produced and are available to see in a Huffington Post piece here. Share this page on social media

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Written on December 20, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Funding for IT upgrades

Grants for websites, ecommerce and IT projects

Funding is available to help businesses upgrade their IT connectivity. The Government has launched a ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’, with up to £3,000 for firms in West Yorkshire Combined Authority area (which includes York).  The scheme is being delivered locally by Chamber member Exa Networks – more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply, available here. (NOTE: Those who

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Bradford best for new-starts, say Barclays

Research by Barclays has revealed that Bradford is the best place in the country to start a new business. The bank’s SME Growth Factors Index uses 12 measures to determine the best conditions for businesses to thrive, with Bradford taking first place in four of them, so coming out top overall.  The district offers the best business rate relief, value

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, News

Brexit: swift talks on trade now urged

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has joined with national Chamber organisations from six countries bordering the North Sea, calling on the UK and the EU to swiftly move to talks on transition and the future trade relationship now that progress in the first phase of negotiations has been made. The landmark statement, from Chambers of Commerce representing businesses in

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Written on December 14, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Tender out on NPR study

Companies are being invited to bid to carry out a study on the additional demand that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford would generate. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is inviting potential suppliers to bid for the £40-50,000 contract.  Bids need to be submitted by 15 December. Earlier this year, the Chamber joined the ‘Next Stop Bradford’ campaign

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Currency volatility adding pressures

A new Chamber of Commerce survey reveals that a majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs. The British Chambers of Commerce survey, which included members from West & North Yorkshire Chamber, found that 63% expect costs to increase in the next 12 months as a result of the sterling devaluation.  This includes a quarter (24%)

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

What our MPs are doing for business in Bradford

What more would you like to see our MPs do for businesses in Bradford? Three of the District’s MPs will spell out their hopes and aspirations and field questions from members at an upcoming Chamber event. Philip Davies, John Grogan and Naz Shah will be at a business lunch at the Midland Hotel on Friday 12 January.  What issues should

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Written on December 4, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News

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