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Budget Submission: Measures to counter Brexit headwinds

Lobbying key decision makers

The British Chambers of Commerce has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the upcoming Autumn Budget. BCC has proposed action in seven key areas: • An exceptional ‘Brexit Investment Incentive’ – with the Annual Investment Allowance boosted to £1m to ‘crowd in’ both domestic and international investment – and stem the weakening in business investment in the

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

‘Bradford Live’ scheme hits the right notes at property lunch

The man leading the scheme to bring Bradford’s former Odeon building back into use gave an update to the business community recently. Lee Craven, who intends to make ‘Bradford Live’ again, addressed a Chamber of Commerce audience in the city, telling them about the planned uses for the site.  The £20 million scheme will be operated by events and venue

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

BCC response to PM’s Brexit Statement

The British Chambers of Commerce has responded to the Prime Minister’s statement today (Friday 21 Sep 2018) on the negotiations with the EU on Brexit.  The BCC response is below. “While the Prime Minister’s determination to reach a deal is appreciated, businesses tell us over and over that the time for posturing from both sides is over.  Businesses across the

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Written on September 21, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy

BCC: Growth expectations downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting GDP growth for 2018 at just 1.1% (down from 1.3%). The BCC has also downgraded its GDP growth forecast for 2019 from 1.4% to 1.3%. Our latest forecast implies that by 2020 the UK economy will have experienced its second weakest decade of average

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Written on September 19, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy

Chamber members bend minister’s ear

Businesses in Bradford were able to tell a leading cabinet minister about the importance of transport connections in the District, thanks to the Chamber. At only two days’ notice, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce pulled in a group of businesses and found a venue to host Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and a team of civil servants, prior to

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Written on September 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Sterling volatility is major exporter concern

A national Chamber survey of 2,600 exporters has found that confidence in future operations remains strong, but external economic and political factors are having an impact. The results show 60% of exporting manufacturers were more concerned about exchange rates in the second quarter of the year than previously. There was also increased concern among 43% of service exporters, highlighting the

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Written on August 31, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, York

The Challenge of Brexit for the North – conference in Leeds

Businesses are being invited to attend a conference in Leeds in September to discuss the challenge of Brexit specifically on the North of England. The full-day conference, at Leeds University on 20 September, will feature business leaders, academics and politicians, and will address areas such as education and skills, energy and infrastructure, and possible impact on investment.  The focus is

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Written on August 30, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Brexit, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Request for survey completion

Please spare three minutes to complete the latest quarterly economic survey (QES). Click here to go to the online survey. The survey provides a finger on the pulse of the region’s economy; the Chamber also makes extensive use of the findings to help guide policy-makers and ensure that regional business sentiment influences decision-making. By completing the QES you are helping

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

‘Any Questions’ to broadcast from Leeds

A live broadcast of Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ – chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby and currently celebrating its 70th anniversary – is being hosted at Leeds Minster on Friday 7 September 2018. Free tickets are required, and these can be obtained by emailing admin@leedsminster.org. More info, including panellists, available at http://www.leedsminster.org/events/BBC-Radio-4-Any-Questions/ The panellist for this event are the following: Lord Eric Pickles

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Media, News, Policy, York