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Growth to slow again in 2020, says BCC

Economic growth in 2020 will slow to its weakest rate since the financial crisis, says the British Chambers of Commerce.  Higher government spending is struggling to offset falling business investment, weakening net trade and sluggish consumer spending.  GDP growth will slow from 1.3% this year to 1.0% in 2020 – the weakest since 2009 – according to the latest economic

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Written on December 9, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Political parties must restore confidence, Chamber says

Put confidence back in business, parties told Boosting business confidence and avoiding a no-deal Brexit need to be at the heart of party manifestos in the General Election. This is the call of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The business support organisation has been working with its national network, the British Chambers of Commerce, which has set out

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Written on November 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Businesses raise the bar at social impact awards

The success stories of local businesses with strong social impact initiatives were celebrated in Leeds last night. Over 140 attendees gathered for the West and North Yorkshire Chamber’s Raising the Bar Awards, which recognises businesses with exceptional commitment to making a positive social impact on their local community. Twelve businesses were recognised as the Raising the Bar winners, across the

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Written on November 7, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, Raising the Bar, York

York Outer Ring Road improvement plan progresses

The next stage in the development of the York Outer Ring Road has been approved. The project aims to cut congestion while maintaining the city’s historic character by upgrading sections of the A1237 to a dual carriageway, diverting traffic away from the city centre. The upgrade will also stimulate economic growth by better connecting people to businesses, jobs and housing,

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Written on October 21, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Infrastructure, News, Transport, York

QES Results: Brexit uncertainty holds back decision-making

Brexit uncertainty holding back decision making West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has published its latest round of economic survey findings. There is just one theme dominating this quarter’s results which is the ongoing and relentless uncertainty caused by Brexit. Manufacturing activity slowed significantly in the last three months as companies report the lowest level of domestic sales activity

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Written on October 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

Queen’s Speech: British Chambers’ reaction

BCC comments on the Queen’s Speech Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for businesses facing Brexit uncertainty, global headwinds and a UK economy in

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Written on October 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Policy, York

Brexit ‘no deal’ guidance still lacking detail, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce has published an evaluation of government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.   BCC has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a

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Written on September 20, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Tim steps up at Leeds Chamber Property Forum

Tim Waring, news Leeds Property Forum Chair

Leeds Chamber Property Forum has welcomed the appointment of Tim Waring, director at national planning and property consultancy Quod, as its new chair. Leeds Chamber’s Property Forum is a special interest group within the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.  It brings together private sector representation with the aim of contributing positively and effectively to the future growth and

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Written on September 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

BCC: Growth Expectations Downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce has today (Monday 16/09/19) released its latest economic forecast, downgrading growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.2% (from 1.3%) and to 0.8% (from 1.0%) for 2020. Our GDP growth forecast of 1.2% remains unchanged for 2021. While the leading business group expects that the UK economy will avoid a technical recession and return

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Written on September 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Transport investment in the North: The Business Case

On the back of today’s (Friday 13 Sep 2019) Convention of the North conference, the presence there of the Prime Minister and the uncertainty surrounding transport investment in the North, the Chamber was asked to contribute an opinion piece for the Yorkshire Post newspaper.  An early version of it, penned by Chamber Chair, Gerald Jennings, is below (published Friday 13

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Written on September 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York