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Recruitment appetite still strong, says BCC survey

The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Totaljobs, finds that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019, while difficulties finding suitable staff eased, but remain high by historic standards. 60% of businesses attempted to recruit in the previous three months, up from 53% in Q1. 64% struggled to find the right

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Written on July 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York

Chamber welcomes PM support for high speed rail in North

Boris Johnson’s recent announcement in support for Northern Powerhouse Rail is welcome says Gerald Jennings, chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. “This Chamber has long campaigned for improvements to rail across the north of England and the Prime Minister’s announcement is statement of intent that he sees the need to rebalance the UK economy. Poor transport connectivity

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Written on July 29, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

New Prime Minister – BCC comment

Commenting on the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership contest and will be the next Prime Minister, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The message from business communities around the UK couldn’t be clearer: the time for campaigning is over—and we need you to get down to business. Companies need

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Written on July 24, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Amanda takes the helm at Leeds Chamber

Leeds Chamber of Commerce has elected a new President. Amanda Beresford succeeds Paula Dillon, who has held the post for the last two years.  Amanda, a Partner and Head of Planning with law firm Shulmans, was elected at the annual meeting of Leeds Chamber’s Leadership Group recently (Friday 12 July).  Amanda had been in the role of Vice-President until the

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Written on July 15, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, Members news, News, Policy, Uncategorized

New President – York & North Yorkshire Chamber

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has elected a new President. Andrew Digwood succeeds Bridget Meynell, who has held the post for the last two years.  Andrew, a Partner with law firm Rollits LLP, was elected at the annual meeting of York & North Yorkshire Chamber’s Leadership Group today (Tuesday 26 June).  Andrew had been in the role of

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Written on June 26, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

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