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‘Bradford Live’ scheme hits the right notes at property lunch

The man leading the scheme to bring Bradford’s former Odeon building back into use gave an update to the business community recently. Lee Craven, who intends to make ‘Bradford Live’ again, addressed a Chamber of Commerce audience in the city, telling them about the planned uses for the site.  The £20 million scheme will be operated by events and venue

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Survey says Brexit affecting international trade

A survey by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL Express UK, has today (18 Oct 2018) revealed that almost half – 49% – of businesses have uncertainty over Brexit front of mind when deciding whether to trade internationally, highlighting the economic cost of the persistent lack of political clarity. A similar number (48%) of firms are concerned

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Green growth the key, says energy boss

Green growth is now front-and-centre of the energy sector, according to a senior director at one of the region’s biggest businesses. Clare Harbord of Drax power Group told the annual meeting of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce that the business has embraced recent technological advances in order to turn around how it operates.  The energy producer is successfully

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Written on October 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media, News, York

Chamber Chair outlines aspirations

One of the region’s key business leaders has highlighted how more needs to be done to allow local and sub-regional economies to thrive more. Gerald Jennings, the Chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, spoke to business leaders at the organisation’s annual meeting in Leeds recently.  While highlighting the activities and services provided to businesses during the previous

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Written on October 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, News story 3, York

BCC response to PM’s Brexit Statement

The British Chambers of Commerce has responded to the Prime Minister’s statement today (Friday 21 Sep 2018) on the negotiations with the EU on Brexit.  The BCC response is below. “While the Prime Minister’s determination to reach a deal is appreciated, businesses tell us over and over that the time for posturing from both sides is over.  Businesses across the

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Written on September 21, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy

Do you know a great leader?

The Yorkshire Leadership Awards offer a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of businesses in the region, and recognise the leaders who are role models for their teams and raise the bar for their competitors. The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce are proud to be supporting these awards and encourage entries and nominations.  Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University’s

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Written on September 18, 2018Scott Sellars. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Media, York

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

Shining light on the energy sector

Businesses are being encouraged to attend a networking event to hear about latest plans to transform the energy sector. The head of Drax Power, Andy Koss, will speak at an upcoming lunch of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  Andy will cover the many changes in the energy industry in recent years, and take questions on the sector’s future

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Written on September 6, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, 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

‘Light Night Leeds’ gets cultural backing

Leeds 2023 – the city’s new cultural festival – is to be the headline partner for October’s ‘Light Night Leeds’, the two-day arts and light festival that changes the city centre landscape. On 4 & 5 October, ‘Light Night Leeds’ will see prominent locations across the city centre transformed by an array of light and sound installations. Sharon Watson, chair

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Written on August 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Leeds, Media, News