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BCC: Trade agreement delays are disappointing

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it is businesses and consumers both

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Written on February 22, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Property & Power: What’s in it for you?

Business are being invited to attend an event that will hear about two ongoing initiatives that will drive forward economic growth in Bradford and West Yorkshire. Bradford Property Forum will meet on Tuesday 12 March and hear from two speakers. Keyland Developments will present on their plans to create a multi-purpose commercial and residential scheme on a 30-acre site around

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Written on February 21, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property

Volatility and price pressures weigh on exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters expecting to increase prices has risen in the past three months; traders are struggling with the value of the pound and pressure from raw material costs and other overheads. These are key findings of the latest British Chambers of Commerce research, in partnership with DHL. Surveying 2,600 exporters (and on export documentation

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Written on February 15, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Pride, preparation and positivity – that’s Paula!

Leeds Chamber President, Paula Dillon, expressed her immense pride recently at being able to lead one of the country’s best business communities. Originally from Liverpool, Paula said it was a privilege not only to lead the business support organisation, but also be part of positive changes going on in Leeds. Speaking at the Chamber’s annual dinner (Thursday 31 January), the

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Written on February 1, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, News story 4, Policy

Survey Results: Pause button hit on investment

Regional business ended the year strongly but uncertainty is holding back decision-making; these are the main findings from the Chamber’s last economic survey of 2018. Carried out in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the survey highlighted strong employment across the region but indicated a slowing in investment intentions. Chamber Chair Gerald Jennings said: “The results suggest that major

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Written on January 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, York

Chamber delegation met Shadow Chancellor

Business leaders from West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce met Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell recently. The senior opposition MP visited Shipley in support of the party’s election candidate, Jo Pike, and included a meeting with the Chamber as part of the trip.  Nick Garthwaite and Suzanne Watson, respectively Bradford Chamber’s president and vice-president, led the business delegation, which

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Written on January 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Business groups appeal to politicians to prevent ‘No Deal’

The UK’s five leading business groups, representing thousands of businesses across the UK employing millions of people, have united to call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29 March. “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The lack of progress in

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Written on December 19, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Outlook weakens for business investment

Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is one factors that has weakened the outlook for business investment, says the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). A decline of -0.6% for business investment in 2018 is expected to be followed next year with growth of just 0.1%.  The figures coincide with the repeated delays and lack of clarity on

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Written on December 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Chamber head recognised with doctorate

Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bradford University’s Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences on Wednesday 5 December 2018.  Sandy was recognised for her contributions to business and enterprise, aswell as for having a pioneering attitude and commitment to collaboration. Since her initial involvement with the Chamber

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Written on December 6, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, York