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Showcase your business at Dragon Boat Festival

Businesses have an upcoming opportunity to pitch themselves to some of the best Bradford talent of the future in a unique local event. The National Dragon Boat Youth Championships at Bradford’s Dragon Boat Festival in June is a chance to showcase your business to hundreds of young people. The new education and careers zone on Friday 22 June will provide an already

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Written on June 1, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Education, Members news, News

Barry Dodd CBE: Tribute

Successful local business man and friend to the Chamber of Commerce, Barry Dodd CBE, has died suddenly in a helicopter crash. Barry was piloting the aircraft when it crashed into a field at Aldborough, 16 miles north-west of York, on Wednesday 30 May 2018. Barry became Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in September 2014 and was known throughout the area as

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Written on May 31, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, York

Health & Well-being seminar – 6 June

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Local businesses are being made aware of an upcoming seminar to help promote occupational health. The free event on 6 June is aimed at anyone involved in developing, implementing and managing health, safety and well-being; it is open to anyone but will be of particular interest to local employers. The event has been organised by Bradford Area Occupational Health and

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Written on May 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Education, News

Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%. This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work. Find out more about Bradford Council’s

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Written on May 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Digital skills coaching session – Scarborough, 2 May

A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on Wednesday May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Business support, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Media, Members news, News, Skills, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Museum breaks through half-million visitor barrier

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, Bradford’s National Science & Media Museum attraction welcomed 505,000 visits, compared to 405,000 for the same period in 2016/17—a 25% increase, year-on-year. Highlights from the past 12 months include the museum re-branding to focus on the science and culture of image and sound technology, opening a new permanent gallery—Wonderlab—and exhibiting Tim Peake’s

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Written on April 25, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Media, News, Skills, York

New procurement policy aims to boost Bradford businesses

Formal partnership agreements

Bradford Council has a new procurement policy aimed at providing more contracts for locally-based businesses. The new policy was introduced in April 2018, although we may have to wait some time before we see the full benefits (*).  The major change in the policy is to award additional ‘credit’, above a certain contract price level, to bidders providing ‘social value’

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Written on April 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News

Chamber report highlights growth opportunities

In order for Bradford to meet the objectives in its new economic growth strategy, more land needs to be made available for employment use.  This is one of the calls to action in a new Chamber of Commerce report, out today (Wednesday 18 April 2018). The report is available here. Bradford Property Forum Chair, Allan Booth, of Rance Booth Smith

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Written on April 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Property

HR research: flexi-working and returner recruitment

HR Professionals are being requested to help with government research underway to understand employers’ views on the barriers to, and facilitators of, flexible working and returner recruitment. What’s needed?   An hour’s interview time in April or May 2018. Why? The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has partnered with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to generate evidence on what works to improve

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Written on April 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, Skills, York