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New Prime Minister – BCC comment

Commenting on the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership contest and will be the next Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The message from business communities around the UK couldn’t be clearer: the time for campaigning is over—and we need you to get down to business. Companies need

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Written on July 24, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Amanda takes the helm at Leeds Chamber

Leeds Chamber of Commerce has elected a new President. Amanda Beresford succeeds Paula Dillon, who has held the post for the last two years.  Amanda, a Partner and Head of Planning with law firm Shulmans, was elected at the annual meeting of Leeds Chamber’s Leadership Group recently (Friday 12 July).  Amanda had been in the role of Vice-President until the

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Written on July 15, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, Policy, Uncategorized

New President – York & North Yorkshire Chamber

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has elected a new President. Andrew Digwood succeeds Bridget Meynell, who has held the post for the last two years.  Andrew, a Partner with law firm Rollits LLP, was elected at the annual meeting of York & North Yorkshire Chamber’s Leadership Group today (Tuesday 26 June).  Andrew had been in the role of

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Written on June 26, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Lords’ HS2 Report: Chamber Reaction

Commenting on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report into High Speed 2, Gerald Jennings, Chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This part of the world is in desperate need of need of major rail investment which will bring about transformational change in our rail network and the Chamber is pleased that the report recognises

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Written on May 17, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Property Forum gets land review update – 12 June

Businesses operating in the property and professional services sectors are being encouraged to attend an upcoming event to help drive economic growth and development. A study is underway to examine in greater detail Bradford Chamber Property Forum’s lobbying on employment land shortages, as outlined in last year’s report ‘Creating Space for Future Success’.  The consultants commissioned to complete the study

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Written on May 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

Apprenticeship grants available

Looking to recruit more talent into your business? Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A core grant of £2,000 is on

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Written on April 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, Skills & Education, York

QES Results: Decisions on hold

The message coming out of this quarter’s economic survey report is that companies across our region are in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Manufacturers reported increasing sales over the last quarter, both home and abroad, outperforming the national average. Some of this has been attributed to companies focusing on UK markets where customers higher up the

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Written on April 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

BCC QES: Business hits the brakes

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey shows key indicators weakened considerably in early 2019.  The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales at its lowest level in a decade The balance of firms reporting improved cashflow turned negative for the first time since 2012 Investment intentions in both manufacturing and services sectors at lowest level

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Written on April 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES

Planning Protocol launched at Property Forum

A new strategy aimed at helping the delivery of new development in Leeds has been launched at today’s Property Forum event. The Leeds Planning Protocol is joint work between Leeds City Council and West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, setting out a commitment to working together. It builds on existing good practice of engaging with communities and front-loading the

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Written on March 19, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum