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Trade with Europe to remain strong, says survey

The British Chambers of Commerce has said that any future UK-EU trade deal must minimise barriers to trade. Survey results, carried out in partnership with DHL, show that UK businesses regard Europe as their primary trading partner for the foreseeable future. The results found that over the next three years, the top two markets which most businesses plan to start

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Written on January 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Brexit options visualised in graphic

An info-graphic illustrating the various Brexit deals that could be available has been presented to EU leaders. The graphic is available online here, and other versions of it, including the thorny issue of borders with Ireland, have been produced and are available to see in a Huffington Post piece here. Share this page on social media

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Written on December 20, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Funding for IT upgrades

Grants for websites, ecommerce and IT projects

Funding is available to help businesses upgrade their IT connectivity. The Government has launched a ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’, with up to £3,000 for firms in West Yorkshire Combined Authority area (which includes York).  The scheme is being delivered locally by Chamber member Exa Networks – more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply, available here. (NOTE: Those who

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Brexit: swift talks on trade now urged

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has joined with national Chamber organisations from six countries bordering the North Sea, calling on the UK and the EU to swiftly move to talks on transition and the future trade relationship now that progress in the first phase of negotiations has been made. The landmark statement, from Chambers of Commerce representing businesses in

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Written on December 14, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Tender out on NPR study

Companies are being invited to bid to carry out a study on the additional demand that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford would generate. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is inviting potential suppliers to bid for the £40-50,000 contract.  Bids need to be submitted by 15 December. Earlier this year, the Chamber joined the ‘Next Stop Bradford’ campaign

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Currency volatility adding pressures

A new Chamber of Commerce survey reveals that a majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs. The British Chambers of Commerce survey, which included members from West & North Yorkshire Chamber, found that 63% expect costs to increase in the next 12 months as a result of the sterling devaluation.  This includes a quarter (24%)

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Northern Powerhouse Culture Week: 4-8 December

Today (Mon 4 Dec) sees the launch of a themed week for the Northern Powerhouse campaign.  The campaign will focus specifically on the cultural impact of the region. The campaign will showcase a variety of cultural activities, institutions and opportunities available to people in the North. Content will celebrate the breadth of cultural opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse, and the

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Written on December 4, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

EU citizens in the UK and future status

See below a message from the Cabinet Office regarding EU citizens living and working in the UK. The UK Government’s first priority in negotiations with the EU is to secure the status of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU. No EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will have to leave at the point that we leave the EU. If you are

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Written on November 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Leeds, Legal, News, Skills, York

Devolution survey results released

Results from the West & North Yorkshire and Mid Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce’s latest survey show the majority of business owners are in favour of devolution. The survey of businesses said that 76% of them either agree or strongly agree that powers, responsibilities and resources should be devolved from Whitehall. Powers for greater control over infrastructure, business support, education &

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Written on November 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Budget Reaction

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“With confirmation that the economy looks set to slow over the coming year, the Chancellor found some wriggle room in his 2017 Budget.  More needs to be done to reduce the impact of business rates on investment and growth, but today’s announcement on pegging rises to CPI, rather than RPI, will lessen the impact on hard-pressed firms in our region.

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Written on November 22, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

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