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Growth forecast downgraded by Coronavirus

How to sell into international markets

UK economic growth is expected to slow sharply in 2020 amid disruption caused by the impact of Coronavirus, according to the latest economic forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).     BCC has downgraded its UK GDP growth expectations for 2020 to 0.8%. Outside of the 2008/09 financial crisis, this would be the weakest full-year growth outturn since 1992 and down sharply from UK GDP growth of 1.4% in 2019.   

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Written on March 17, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Chamber backs Council in HMRC site revamp delay

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Bradford Council in calling for the city’s HMRC office to remain open permanently. HMRC has announced it is delaying the closure of offices in Yorkshire and Sunderland to cope with its increased headcount. The tax collection department’s Centenary Court offices in Bradford – where 840 full time staff currently

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Written on March 16, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Lobbying, News, Policy

Budget 2020: Chamber Reaction & Key Points

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Chamber Reaction to the 2020 Budget: “Businesses will be buoyed by some of the Chancellor’s announcements today. There are still some real challenges facing business and the economy, not least the rapid spread of coronavirus, and so measures to help business tackle those hurdles are welcomed. “Support with statutory sick pay, additional lending and the one-year business rate holiday for

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Written on March 11, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

Breakfast event to provide latest on city growth

Businesses in Bradford will receive information relevant to their future prospects at an upcoming breakfast event. Bradford Chamber Property Forum, on 31 March, will hear about various initiatives linked to the city’s growth and development, with opportunities aplenty for networking. Plans to change the landscape of the city – through the ‘Transforming Cities Fund’ and the new Darley Street Market

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Written on March 2, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Quarterly Economic Survey, Q1 – now underway

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Fieldwork is underway for the Chamber’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey.  We need businesses to complete the survey in order to build up and portray an up-to-date and accurate picture of the regional economic trends. This work supports the Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities, assisting our discussions with policy-makers and decision-makers locally, regionally and nationally. Take the survey here The current

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Written on February 17, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows exporters still suffering

Exporters continued to tread water through the final quarter of 2019 according to the largest independent survey of UK firms, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL Express today. The survey of more than 3,300 exporters revealed that manufacturing export orders weakened for a second consecutive quarter. Indicators for service sector exporters also decreased in the quarter and remain

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Written on February 17, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, York

HS2 announcement: Chamber Reaction

Chamber Reaction to Government announcement on HS2 “We firmly believe that HS2 is essential to assist the future growth and advancement of the Northern economy.  It will help reduce the disparity between north and south, improve connectivity and enhance rail capacity on the network.  HS2 should be seen as an investment in the country’s future prospects and ambitions. “We hope

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Written on February 11, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

The UK’s departure from the EU, 31 January 2020

As the UK marks its official departure from the European Union, and the start of an 11 month transition period, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “In our business communities, this historic moment will bring a mixture of regret for some and celebration for others – but this is just the end of the

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Written on January 31, 2020Marketing. Published in Brexit, Chamber News, Lobbying, Policy

Reaction to Northern franchise take-back

Northern powerhouse transport discussions

Responding to the announcement that Arriva will hand back control of the Northern Rail franchise to the government, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Business communities across the North want an end to the unacceptable levels of disruption and delay they’re currently facing.  Renationalisation of Northern Rail, or indeed any other franchise, only offers a temporary solution. Only substantial investment in our aging

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Written on January 29, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport, York

New Immigration Model: BCC offers help

The British Chambers of Commerce, along with others, has offered to help design a new immigration system. The UK’s five largest business organisations (BCC, CBI, FSB, IOD & MakeUK) – plus other trade associations – have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel offering expertise, experience and enterprise. The letter sets out four priorities: A minimum salary that supports the economy

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Written on January 24, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York