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Chamber welcomes TfN powers and legal footing

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has responded to a government announcement that Transport for the North is set to get legal powers and responsibilities. The move will make TfN the only pan-regional body and helps underpin the Northern Powerhouse project.  Aswell as being granted £260m of government funding, the new sub-regional transport body is to be allocated £18m

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Written on November 16, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Rate Rise: Chamber Reaction

Bank of England

For the first time in more than ten years the Bank of England has raised interest rates. The official bank rate has been lifted from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007.  The move reverses the cut in August of last year – made in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. The Monetary Policy

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Written on November 2, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Post-Brexit Customs Models Discussed

Businesses from West & North Yorkshire have met with government representatives to discuss post-Brexit future customs arrangements. The meeting, organised by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, saw attendees call for the government to avoid a prolonged transition period, as this would add to increasing levels of uncertainty facing many firms.  It was suggested that the two-year period put

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Written on October 31, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, York

Region is outperforming national economy, says survey

Yorkshire businesses are outperforming the national average over the course of the third quarter. This is the headline report from the latest economic survey of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  Businesses trading both domestically and internationally have reported increased sales and thickening order books, with the latter in particular benefitting from recent currency fluctuations.  More companies are also

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Written on October 24, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Paula’s pride at presidential role

Leeds Chamber President Paula Dillon has spoken of her pride at being asked to take on the top job. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with TheBusinessDesk.com, Paula says how she is looking forward to being an ambassador for the Leeds business community, and proud to be part of an all-female team (her vice-president is Shulmans partner and Head of Planning, Amanda

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Written on October 17, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, Property, York

Come and quiz senior Council team

Bradford Council’s big hitters are to speak to a joint Property Forum-Professionals’ Network audience in Bradford. Businesses have the opportunity to hear first-hand about plans for economic growth, regeneration and other issues likely to affect future prosperity across the District, aswell as being able to tell the local authority representatives about their issues. On Monday 6 November, 5-7pm, at the

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Written on October 13, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Property, York

EU nationals right to remain: Chancellor comments

Following the first meeting of the EU Exit Business Advisory Group last month, the British Chambers of Commerce wrote to the Chancellor regarding the immigration status of EU citizens living and working in the UK. Since the referendum, we have called on government to give an unconditional guarantee to all EU citizens in the UK. Some businesses are losing key

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Written on October 11, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, News, Skills, York

Pledge your support for new station

Powerhouse station supporters

Next Stop Bradford has launched a new website that aims to increase support from businesses and residents to help secure a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford city centre. Next Stop Bradford’s aim is to ensure that Bradford, the fifth largest city in the UK with one of the fastest growing economies, secures a new high-speed railway station in the

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Written on October 9, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport

Northern rail investment welcomed

At the Conservative Party conference, the Chancellor has announced £300m for rail improvements in the North of England. The new money will be used to ensure HS2 will link to faster trains between Liverpool and Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and York – the Northern Powerhouse rail project.  The Northern Powerhouse rail scheme is being drawn up by local authorities and business leaders

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Written on October 2, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

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