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Virgin Trains welcomes decision to suspend industrial action

Virgin Trains has welcomed the decision by the RMT to suspend industrial action and continue talks about further improving the on-board changes. The union suspended the walk-outs today after Virgin Trains repeated its assurances that the RMT members would be docking pay for no reason and moving forward with the customer-centred revolution. Virgin Trains had promised a full timetable during

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Written on April 25, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, Members news, News, Transport

Leeds-London rail service goes half-hourly

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Virgin Trains will create a half hourly service between Leeds and London six days per week when its new timetable is introduced in May. An additional 15 services will be scheduled on Saturdays between Leeds and the capital, resulting in a new half hourly service from Monday to Saturday inclusive. When combined with a further seven services which were introduced

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Written on March 28, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

AD:VENTURE gives growth boost for new and young firms

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Businesses across the Leeds City Region can now access an exciting new business support programme aimed at helping new and young businesses to grow at a faster and stronger rate. AD:VENTURE offers innovative, collaborative regional business support for ambitious, high growth businesses under 3 years old. 12 advisors will act as a dedicated resource for young and growing businesses, with

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Written on March 28, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Pioneer project boosts teachers’ computer confidence

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More than 50,000 primary school pupils in Yorkshire and the Humber have benefitted from a pioneering education programme to boost youngsters’ computing skills. The Barefoot Computing project, which has now reached more than one million pupils UK-wide, helps primary school teachers get to grips with computing so that they can better help their pupils. Led by BT and the British

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Written on March 17, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Sandy on the Beeb

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Chamber Chief Executive Sandy Needham appeared on national TV yesterday to comment on the impact of the rail strike. RMT union members in the North of England are protesting against the proposal for driver-only operated trains, following similar protests in the South for more than 12 months.  The BBC Breakfast show featured Steph McGovern speaking to union members, the public

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Written on March 15, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

BT recruits learners and learned

BT today announced it is creating more than 70 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber in its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market. About 50 apprentices will be recruited in locations such as Doncaster, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Scarborough and Northallerton whilst more

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Written on March 10, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Chamber group to manage Powerhouse Investment Fund

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A £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to support growth and entrepreneurialism is to be co-managed by a Chamber subsidiary company. The Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) will co-manage the NPIF Micro-finance (£25k – £100k) across Yorkshire and Tees Valley, with offices in York, Leeds, Bradford, Darlington and Goole. Doncaster-based Finance For Enterprise (FFE), is the other partner. A statement from consortium heads Stephen

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Written on March 10, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Chancellor urged to act on business rates concern

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As the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) publishes statistics that show two-in-five businesses are more concerned about business rates than three months ago, the business group renews its call for action in the Spring Budget this week to ease the burden of rates and bring about fundamental reform to the system. New interim statistics from the BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey,

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Written on March 6, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Members news, News

Chamber trade report boost ahead of Brexit move

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The British Chambers of Commerce has published its latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook. The report shows that confidence among exporters that their turnover will improve jumped in Q4 2016, ahead of further moves towards Brexit. Although the number of businesses reporting that their export sales and orders would improve remained largely constant in the last quarter of 2016, businesses in

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Written on February 23, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Heathrow Airport expansion consultation

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has published proposals for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. A national consultation (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/heathrow-expansion-draft-airports-national-policy-statement)  will take place on the proposals. Late last year Chris Grayling confirmed that the government’s preferred scheme for adding new runway capacity in the south-east is through a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport. In line with the recommendation made by the

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Written on February 22, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

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