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HS2 announcement: Chamber Reaction

Chamber Reaction to Government announcement on HS2 “We firmly believe that HS2 is essential to assist the future growth and advancement of the Northern economy.  It will help reduce the disparity between north and south, improve connectivity and enhance rail capacity on the network.  HS2 should be seen as an investment in the country’s future prospects and ambitions. “We hope

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Written on February 11, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

New Immigration Model: BCC offers help

The British Chambers of Commerce, along with others, has offered to help design a new immigration system. The UK’s five largest business organisations (BCC, CBI, FSB, IOD & MakeUK) – plus other trade associations – have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel offering expertise, experience and enterprise. The letter sets out four priorities: A minimum salary that supports the economy

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Written on January 24, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York

Economic Survey Results (Qtr 4, 2019)

Service sector leads the way The region’s strong service sector led the way over the last quarter with solid domestic sales growth; manufacturers too saw increases as companies focused on UK markets at the end of 2019. International sales remain subdued with manufacturing sales at their lowest level since 2016. Confidence picked up in the last quarter as companies prepare

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Written on January 15, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

Political parties must restore confidence, Chamber says

Put confidence back in business, parties told Boosting business confidence and avoiding a no-deal Brexit need to be at the heart of party manifestos in the General Election. This is the call of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The business support organisation has been working with its national network, the British Chambers of Commerce, which has set out

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Written on November 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

QES Results: Brexit uncertainty holds back decision-making

Brexit uncertainty holding back decision making West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has published its latest round of economic survey findings. There is just one theme dominating this quarter’s results which is the ongoing and relentless uncertainty caused by Brexit. Manufacturing activity slowed significantly in the last three months as companies report the lowest level of domestic sales activity

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Written on October 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

Queen’s Speech: British Chambers’ reaction

BCC comments on the Queen’s Speech Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for businesses facing Brexit uncertainty, global headwinds and a UK economy in

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Written on October 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Policy, York

Brexit ‘no deal’ guidance still lacking detail, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce has published an evaluation of government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.   BCC has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a

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Written on September 20, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Tim steps up at Leeds Chamber Property Forum

Tim Waring, news Leeds Property Forum Chair

Leeds Chamber Property Forum has welcomed the appointment of Tim Waring, director at national planning and property consultancy Quod, as its new chair. Leeds Chamber’s Property Forum is a special interest group within the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  It brings together private sector representation with the aim of contributing positively and effectively to the future growth and

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Written on September 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

Transport investment in the North: The Business Case

On the back of today’s (Friday 13 Sep 2019) Convention of the North conference, the presence there of the Prime Minister and the uncertainty surrounding transport investment in the North, the Chamber was asked to contribute an opinion piece for the Yorkshire Post newspaper.  An early version of it, penned by Chamber Chair, Gerald Jennings, is below (published Friday 13

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Written on September 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Chamber tells Boris: “We won’t stand for second best!”

Boris Johnson, on his visit to Yorkshire for the Convention of the North conference in Rotherham, has been warned by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce that the region will not stand for second best and watch the North get short-changed, once again, on transport investment. Chamber Chair, Gerald Jennings says in today’s (Friday 13 Sep 2019) Yorkshire Post: “It’s

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Written on September 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York