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Project to boost teachers’ computer confidence helps 50,000 kids in Yorkshire and the Humber

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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

First West Yorkshire trials new mobile tickets for children

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From 23rd January parents across the region can purchase mobile tickets and transfer these onto their child’s phone, for use on First West Yorkshire services The new option on the mTickets app will remove the need for anyone under the age of 18 to hold an adult’s credit card details on their phone in order to purchase mobile bus tickets

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Written on January 25, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

BCC comments on Supreme Court judgement

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 Commenting on the judgment of the Supreme Court on the triggering of Article 50, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  “The practical impact of this ruling, not the political intricacies, is what interests business communities across the UK. What businesses will want to know is whether this ruling will affect either the terms of the

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Written on January 24, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

Focus on technology to boost your business in 2017

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Anyone willing to stake their reputation on predicting what might happen during 2017 should remember this: a £10 bet on Donald Trump, Brexit and Leicester City winning the Premier League would have returned around £30 million. But I’ve never been one to err on the side of caution. So I’m happy to share some thoughts about where I think business

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Written on January 5, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News

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