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Devolution case gathers momentum

A strong proposal to Government to deliver a One Yorkshire devolution deal by May 2020 has been submitted by the majority of Yorkshire’s local authorities.  Eighteen of the 20 councils in the region are now signed up to this idea – only Rotherham and Sheffield are not on board with the scheme. The submission follows the request for such a

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Written on March 7, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Bradford Strategy launch sees Chamber out in force

Representatives of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce have helped celebrate the launch of Bradford’s new economic strategy. A formal event saw business representatives from many sectors, plus partners such as key education institutions, hear from senior Council personnel, while a panel of business people espoused the merits of living and working in the District. The new document was

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Written on March 7, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Economic Survey Appeal

Businesses in West & North Yorkshire are being asked to complete the region’s latest economic survey. The findings of the Chamber of Commerce survey are used to help inform policy-making with bodies like the Bank of England.  The results are also conveyed to MPs, councillors and senior council officers. The survey tracks economic trends in areas such as confidence, labour

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Written on February 19, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Chamber in Brexit talks with government officials

Chamber of Commerce members have received an update from officials from the Department for International Trade on the work going on behind the scenes to process Brexit. Officials met with two dozen businesses from West & North Yorkshire recently (January 2018), and heard about their hopes and fears, aswell as opportunities and challenges. The civil servants were keen to reassure

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Written on February 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Help bring NPR to Bradford

The campaign to bring a new rail line and station to the heart of Bradford continues this month, with a Transport for the North consultation event.  Business people and others are encouraged to attend the event – a ‘drop-in’ from 4-7pm on Wed 21 February, at Bradford College Advanced Technology Centre, on Randall Well Street. The event is part of

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Written on February 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News

Government warned on lack of unity on Brexit

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Prime Minister, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the Government’s objectives in relation to Brexit. The letter, from Director-General Adam Marshall & President Francis Martin, urges the Government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses can make decisions for the future.

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Written on February 7, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Leeds Dinner: President sets out hopes and fears

Leeds Chamber’s first female president spoke about her plans, hopes and fears to a business audience last night (Thursday 25 January). Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, covered a range of policy areas in which she will be hoping to have some influence over the next couple of years, while also remarking that, tongue-in-cheek, if nothing

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Written on January 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

MPs urged to work together for greater good

Bradford’s MPs were recently urged to work closer together for the betterment of the District. A Chamber of Commerce lunch in the city recently heard from three of the city’s five MPs, and faced some tough questions on what they are doing to represent the city. John Grogan (Keighley), Philip Davies (Shipley) and Naz Shah (Bradford West) heard from a

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

Transport plan includes delivering on NPR

Plans for future transport investment in West & North Yorkshire have been outlined in a 30-year year plan to drive economic growth. Transport for the North launched the plan via a public consultation announcement aimed at improving connections across the North of England and closing the economic gap with the South. If successful, the plan could deliver a £100 billion

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Written on January 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

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