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Chamber members bend minister’s ear

Businesses in Bradford were able to tell a leading cabinet minister about the importance of transport connections in the District, thanks to the Chamber. At only two days’ notice, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce pulled in a group of businesses and found a venue to host Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and a team of civil servants, prior to

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Written on September 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

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

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

MPs urged to work together for greater good

Bradford’s MPs were recently urged to work closer together for the betterment of the District. A Chamber of Commerce lunch in the city recently heard from three of the city’s five MPs, and faced some tough questions on what they are doing to represent the city. John Grogan (Keighley), Philip Davies (Shipley) and Naz Shah (Bradford West) heard from a

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

“Manufacturing is alive and kicking”: Bradford President

Manufacturing is alive and kicking, says Chamber President Bradford’s manufacturing sector is alive and kicking – that was the key message from the city’s Chamber of Commerce last night (Thursday 24 Nov). Chamber President Nick Garthwaite, in a keynote address at the Chamber’s annual dinner, proclaimed the sector to be in a strong position to be able to help drive

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Written on November 24, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News

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

Plans for former mill brought forward

Conditioning House

Plans to redevelop one of Bradford’s most iconic buildings has taken another step forward. Conditioning House, which stands on land between Canal Road and Forster Square Retail Park, was bought by developer, the Priestley Group, a year ago, and proposals have been submitted to Bradford Council for a residential conversion. The former textile mill has been derelict for nigh-on 30

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Written on August 9, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Manufacturing, News, Property

Bradford South MP conducts business survey

JudithCummins

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins is seeking the views of businesses in her constituency. The Chamber works with all the major political parties on behalf of our members and, as such, is encouraging participation from businesses in the following wards and/or postcodes: Great Horton, Queensbury, Royds, Tong, Wibsey, and Wyke – roughly (but not exactly) equating with BD4, 6, 7,

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Written on August 1, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Education, EU, Export, Finance, Infrastructure, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News, Skills, Transport

New President for Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Bradford’s business community has a new leader. Nick Garthwaite is the new president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce.  Nick, the managing director of Christeyns, was unanimously elected at the Chamber’s annual meeting today (Tuesday 18 July).   He succeeds Andy Caton, who has held the post for the last two years. Nick has already been involved with the Chamber’s policy development

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Written on July 18, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Uncategorized, York

Leeds manufacturers to fly the flag for UK business overseas

Three Leeds manufacturing firms – Hopkins Catering Equipment, Brandon Medical and Rakusens – have been selected export champions to fly the flag for UK business in overseas markets as part the Commonwealth First initiative which aims to highlight the depth of innovation and quality that the UK’s SMEs have to offer. Launched by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, the

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Written on January 23, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Manufacturing, News