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QES Results: Decisions on hold

The message coming out of this quarter’s economic survey report is that companies across our region are in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Manufacturers reported increasing sales over the last quarter, both home and abroad, outperforming the national average. Some of this has been attributed to companies focusing on UK markets where customers higher up the

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Written on April 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

BCC QES: Business hits the brakes

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey shows key indicators weakened considerably in early 2019.  The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales at its lowest level in a decade The balance of firms reporting improved cashflow turned negative for the first time since 2012 Investment intentions in both manufacturing and services sectors at lowest level

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Written on April 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES

Survey Results: Pause button hit on investment

Regional business ended the year strongly but uncertainty is holding back decision-making; these are the main findings from the Chamber’s last economic survey of 2018. Carried out in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the survey highlighted strong employment across the region but indicated a slowing in investment intentions. Chamber Chair Gerald Jennings said: “The results suggest that major

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Written on January 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, 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

Survey: Businesses are cautiously confident

Evidence that companies are looking to manage their costs more closely has emerged from a new survey. West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which surveys its members every three months on economic trends, says that more companies have decided to hold onto their cash in recent months. The Chamber says that, although sales growth remains strong in both domestic

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Written on August 8, 2018Marketing. Published in Chamber News, Infrastructure & Transport, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, Skills & Education