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Apprenticeship grants available

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in West Yorkshire or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Are you eligible? A core grant of £2,000 is on offer, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and you’ll need

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Written on April 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Walk & Talk – Bradford City Centre

Walk & Talk – Bradford City Centre You may think that you know Bradford city centre, but do you really?  Like all good cities, Bradford is changing; if you’d like to find out how, then read on, and think about coming along to this event. What: City Centre Walk When: 4.30pm, Tues 7 May 2019 Where: Chamber office, Vicar Lane,

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Written on April 5, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

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

New report on how to boost investment

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Legal & General have published a report on how best to boost investment in UK towns and cities, and how to unlock further investment to help growth. The report, ‘Building the Towns and Cities of Tomorrow’, looks in detail at eight cities (including Leeds, following a meeting with members there), and finds that

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Written on March 19, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

BCC: Growth forecast downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for

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Written on March 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Spring Statement: BCC Reaction

Commenting on the Spring Statement, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The Chancellor is right to warn of the risks that a messy and disorderly exit on March 29th would pose for the economy. Westminster must heed the fact that businesses and government agencies are simply not ready for such an abrupt change,

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Monthly Economic Review – March 2019

The latest monthly economic review from the British Chambers of Commerce (March 2019) is available to download here. The key headlines this time around are: • UK GDP growth slowed in Q4 2018 as the manufacturing sector weakens further • Business investment in the UK continues to contract as the trade deficit widens • UK jobs market strengthens further as

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Written on March 13, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

Marianne moves up as new BPF Chair

Bradford Chamber of Commerce Property Forum has a new chair. Marianne McCallum has taken over from Allan Booth, the chair of the last two years. Marianne, Planning Director with WYG Group, will now lead the property network up to 2021.   The Property Forum has regular networking meetings, but also contributes to the Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities with the support

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Written on February 25, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

BCC: Trade agreement delays are disappointing

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it is businesses and consumers both

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Written on February 22, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Volatility and price pressures weigh on exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters expecting to increase prices has risen in the past three months; traders are struggling with the value of the pound and pressure from raw material costs and other overheads. These are key findings of the latest British Chambers of Commerce research, in partnership with DHL. Surveying 2,600 exporters (and on export documentation

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Written on February 15, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York