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Entrepreneur ups his game with loan

A 22-year-old businessman is expanding his gaming controller modification business following a £30,000 loan from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).  Custom Controllers UK, Europe’s leading manufacturer for customised gaming controllers moved into its new 5,500 square foot premises in South Leeds and required additional funding to develop the warehouse. The loan from BEF, which has offices across Yorkshire and the

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Written on April 27, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

Industrial Action Update Service Information for Friday 28 April

You will be aware that RMT has announced its intention to hold a further strike day on Friday 28 April. As we have said in the media over the past few days, we are disappointed that RMT has called another day of strike action. More than anything, we are sorry for the disruption it will again cause our customers, but we have robust

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Written on April 27, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

Virgin Trains runs extra services to support Tour de Yorkshire

Virgin Trains will run an additional train from London to take cycling fans to Harrogate on Saturday (29 April) to see the Tour de Yorkshire. The prestigious annual cycle race will hold its second stage from Tadcaster to Harrogate on Saturday afternoon, with the one-day Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire also taking place in the morning. Virgin Trains is this

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Written on April 26, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

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, 2017Marketing. Published in Economy, Members news, News, Transport

Leeds-London rail service goes half-hourly

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, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

AD:VENTURE gives growth boost for new and young firms

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, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

Pioneer project boosts teachers’ computer confidence

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, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

Sandy on the Beeb

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, 2017Marketing. 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, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News

Chamber group to manage Powerhouse Investment Fund

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, 2017Marketing. Published in Members news, News