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Powerhouse station campaign stays on track

Powerhouse station supporters

The Chamber joined forces recently with Bradford Council and community representatives to demand commitment from government and Transport for the North for a Northern Powerhouse Rail station in Bradford city centre. The campaign, Next Stop Bradford, highlight the benefits a Northern Powerhouse Rail (previously known as HS3) station in Bradford city centre will bring, not just to the Bradford economy

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Written on March 22, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

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

BCC comments on statement by Scottish First Minister

Commenting on the statement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that she will seek a second Scottish independence referendum, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Business communities all across the UK will be thinking, first and foremost, about the additional uncertainty that a second independence referendum would generate. “Across Scotland – and throughout the

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Written on March 13, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today launched its flagship Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange. Scientifica, last year’s winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ award based in Sussex, had the honour of opening trading at London Stock Exchange, accompanied by Nus Ghani, Conservative MP for Wealden, and Ana Christie, Chief Executive of Sussex Chambers of Commerce.

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Written on March 13, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Chamber News, News

UK growth upgraded for 2017 but to remain flat in the medium-term

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Tuesday) upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2017 from 1.1% to 1.4%. However, it has downgraded its expectations slightly for 2018 from 1.4% to 1.3%, and published its first forecast for 2019 of 1.5% growth. The leading business group upgraded its growth forecast for 2017, driven by an upward revision to

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Written on March 13, 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News

Businesses invited to join ‘5 Live’ immigration debate in Leeds

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Businesses are being invited to take part in a ‘Question Time’ style debate on immigration and integration in Leeds on Radio 5 Live. The debate takes place from 1-2.30pm on Thursday 23 March at Belgrave Music Hall, New Briggate.  Participants will need to attend by 11am though.  Questions can be submitted beforehand, with several posed live on air.  Requests to

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Written on March 13, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Leeds, Media, News, York

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

Budget: Details & Reaction

Budget details and reactions now online

Main Budget Points (for more details, see the links at the bottom of this article) £435 million of additional, centrally-funded support between 2017/18 and 2020/21 £300m Hardship fund for discretionary relief (to be allocated from local authorities) Support for Small Business Rate (SBR) Relief recipients to limit increases in their bills to the greater of £600 or the real terms

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Written on March 8, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

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