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Monthly Economic Review – March 2019

The latest monthly economic review from the British Chambers of Commerce (March 2019) is available to download here. The key headlines this time around are: • UK GDP growth slowed in Q4 2018 as the manufacturing sector weakens further • Business investment in the UK continues to contract as the trade deficit widens • UK jobs market strengthens further as

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

Bradford launches NPR Growth Strategy

Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy at the international property conference, MIPIM. Focussing on skills and education and unlocking growth at the Southern Gateway to the city, the NPR Growth Strategy covers six key areas. According to the strategy: A better-connected Bradford is an opportunity to create a more productive economic system across the whole

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Written on March 12, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport

Marianne moves up as new BPF Chair

Bradford Chamber of Commerce Property Forum has a new chair. Marianne McCallum has taken over from Allan Booth, the chair of the last two years. Marianne, Planning Director with WYG Group, will now lead the property network up to 2021.   The Property Forum has regular networking meetings, but also contributes to the Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities with the support

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Written on February 25, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

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