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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

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: Growth forecast downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for

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Written on March 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Spring Statement: BCC Reaction

Commenting on the Spring Statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The Chancellor is right to warn of the risks that a messy and disorderly exit on March 29th would pose for the economy. Westminster must heed the fact that businesses and government agencies are simply not ready for such an abrupt change,

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Bradford celebrates 10th anniversary as City of Film

Bradford is set to enjoy a year-long programme of celebratory events and activities as it enters its 10th year as a UNESCO City of Film. Driven by the city’s rich film heritage, Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Since the bestowment as a world centre for film, the City of Film has maintained a packed programme of

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Written on February 20, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media

Pride, preparation and positivity – that’s Paula!

Leeds Chamber President, Paula Dillon, expressed her immense pride recently at being able to lead one of the country’s best business communities. Originally from Liverpool, Paula said it was a privilege not only to lead the business support organisation, but also be part of positive changes going on in Leeds. Speaking at the Chamber’s annual dinner (Thursday 31 January), the

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Written on February 1, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, News story 4, Policy

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, York

Brexit declaration: BCC Reaction

Commenting on today’s (22 Nov) announcement that the UK government and EU Commission have agreed a Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “While we welcome the fact that more flesh has been put on the bones of the proposed future UK-EU relationship, the reality is that the clarity and precision businesses

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

Leeds takes centre stage in Channel 4 move

Of Channel 4’s decision to move its headquarters to the city, Leeds Chamber of Commerce President, Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, said: “Channel 4’s decision emphasises the strength of the city and region, and the role of Leeds at the centre of the North and the heart of the UK. This decision is hugely significant

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Written on November 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Media, News

Budget – Detailed Reactions & Measures Outlined

For detailed information on various aspects of the 2018 Budget, see the links below. Breakdown of measures announced, categorised into subjects – click here British Chambers of Commerce comments on various measures – click here Economic summary of key points and OBR forecast – click here West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce initial reaction is below. “We know that

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Written on October 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York