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Development land to be debated at Bradford Property Forum

Businesses are invited to come along to the next Property Forum meeting in Bradford to discuss how the supply of employment land is crucial to the future success of the District’s economic strategy. Senior business representatives from the property sector and Bradford Council staff responsible for planning and economic development will debate the issues and involve the audience in this

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Written on June 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Economy, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Senior councillors asked to approve plans to transform Leeds waterfront

Senior councillors in Leeds will be asked on June 27th to approve creating a new fund to help transform the waterfront of the city centre with culture being placed at the heart of its future. The meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board to be held at Civic Hall on Wednesday 27 June will be asked to formally endorse the Waterfront

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Written on June 27, 2018Mark Goldstone. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Infrastructure, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Housing forum launches ‘Liveability Leeds’

A new report sets out a call to action to ensure housing delivery supports economic growth in Leeds. Established by the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Liveability Leeds brings together members of the housing development community from across the city, including Barratt & David Wilson Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Strata Homes, Rushbond, CEG, JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, Shulmans, Spawforths and Newgate Communications.

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Written on June 27, 2018Mark Goldstone. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Property forum

10-point plan to reform apprenticeship levy

Developing workforce skills

The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has published a 10-point-plan aimed at government and business, to reform the Apprenticeship Levy system. Upon publication of the plan, BCC said: “Addressing the growing skills gap is a joint responsibility for business, government and the education sector. Companies themselves must do more to invest in training,

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Top transport officials meet with Chamber representatives

Chamber representatives have met with senior Department for Transport officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly CB. The department’s Executive Committee (a team of top civil servants all based in Whitehall) were in West Yorkshire as part of a fact-finding mission to assist in their knowledge of relevant issues and support for ministers.  The meeting, chaired and hosted by Addleshaw

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Monthly Economic Review: June 2018

The latest monthly economic review (June 2018), produced by the British Chambers of Commerce, is available to download here. This month’s headlines are as follows: •             UK GDP growth in Q1 2018 unrevised as business investment declines. •             UK labour market remains a bright spot but productivity falls in Q1. •             GDP growth slows in the US and the Eurozone

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Written on June 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%. This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work. Find out more about Bradford Council’s

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Written on May 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

New procurement policy aims to boost Bradford businesses

Formal partnership agreements

Bradford Council has a new procurement policy aimed at providing more contracts for locally-based businesses. The new policy was introduced in April 2018, although we may have to wait some time before we see the full benefits (*).  The major change in the policy is to award additional ‘credit’, above a certain contract price level, to bidders providing ‘social value’

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Written on April 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News

Chamber report highlights growth opportunities

In order for Bradford to meet the objectives in its new economic growth strategy, more land needs to be made available for employment use.  This is one of the calls to action in a new Chamber of Commerce report, out today (Wednesday 18 April 2018). The report is available here. Bradford Property Forum Chair, Allan Booth, of Rance Booth Smith

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