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Sterling volatility is major exporter concern

A national Chamber survey of 2,600 exporters has found that confidence in future operations remains strong, but external economic and political factors are having an impact. The results show 60% of exporting manufacturers were more concerned about exchange rates in the second quarter of the year than previously. There was also increased concern among 43% of service exporters, highlighting the

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Written on August 31, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, York

The Challenge of Brexit for the North – conference in Leeds

Businesses are being invited to attend a conference in Leeds in September to discuss the challenge of Brexit specifically on the North of England. The full-day conference, at Leeds University on 20 September, will feature business leaders, academics and politicians, and will address areas such as education and skills, energy and infrastructure, and possible impact on investment.  The focus is

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Written on August 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Brexit, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Request for survey completion

Please spare three minutes to complete the latest quarterly economic survey (QES). Click here to go to the online survey. The survey provides a finger on the pulse of the region’s economy; the Chamber also makes extensive use of the findings to help guide policy-makers and ensure that regional business sentiment influences decision-making. By completing the QES you are helping

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Business Lunch, Friday 14 Sep: Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones has been Harrogate & Knaresborough’s MP since 2010. The Conservative politician has held ministerial posts in the Department for Transport and the Treasury, and is currently one of the Party’s vice-chairs, with responsibility for business engagement. If you live or work in an area with connections to Andrew’s parliamentary seat, you should think about coming along to this

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Written on August 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

York Property Forum: Mon 3 Sep

York businesses are invited to the next Property Forum to hear about new opportunities in the sector. Speakers from higher education and the Local Enterprise Partnership will set out ideas and plans that will help drive forward the sub-region’s economy over the next few years. The five-year capital investment plan of York St John University will be demonstrated by Rob

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Written on August 24, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

GCSE Results: Chamber Reaction

GCSE Results – 23 Aug 2018 – West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Reaction “We welcome the news today that GCSE pass rates have risen overall.  The announcement that standards are increasing – and also that the gap between boys and girls is narrowing – is good news for employers, although this is, of course, not the only measurement

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Written on August 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

BCC comment ahead of ‘no deal’ Brexit notices

Commenting ahead of the publication of technical notices from the government relating to the possibility of ‘no deal’ in the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses have waited too long for answers to some basic questions around Brexit – and have been particularly frustrated by the lack of clear guidance

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Written on August 22, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

York Central site takes next step forward

A planning application has been submitted to develop the York Central site in the heart of the city. The application includes plans for new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods adjacent to the train station in one of the country’s largest brownfield sites. A partnership has been put together to drive the project forward and, if approves, the scheme is expected

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Written on August 17, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Construction, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News, York

Survey: Businesses are cautiously confident

Evidence that companies are looking to manage their costs more closely has emerged from a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which surveys its members every three months on economic trends, says that more companies have decided to hold onto their cash in recent months. The Chamber says that, although sales growth remains strong in both domestic

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Written on August 8, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Chamber News, Infrastructure & Transport, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, Skills & Education

Property Forum debates land shortage issues

Bradford Chamber of Commerce and Bradford Council are to work closer together on finding solutions to the issue of land shortages in the District. The Chamber recently produced a report on the shortage of development sites for commercial use and how this could impinge on the District’s new economic strategy.  The two issues were discussed recently at Bradford Property Forum,

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Written on July 20, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property forum