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10-point plan to reform apprenticeship levy

Developing workforce skills

The British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has published a 10-point-plan aimed at government and business, to reform the Apprenticeship Levy system. Upon publication of the plan, BCC said: “Addressing the growing skills gap is a joint responsibility for business, government and the education sector. Companies themselves must do more to invest in training,

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Top transport officials meet with Chamber representatives

Chamber representatives have met with senior Department for Transport officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly CB. The department’s Executive Committee (a team of top civil servants all based in Whitehall) were in West Yorkshire as part of a fact-finding mission to assist in their knowledge of relevant issues and support for ministers.  The meeting, chaired and hosted by Addleshaw

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Monthly Economic Review: June 2018

The latest monthly economic review (June 2018), produced by the British Chambers of Commerce, is available to download here. This month’s headlines are as follows: •             UK GDP growth in Q1 2018 unrevised as business investment declines. •             UK labour market remains a bright spot but productivity falls in Q1. •             GDP growth slows in the US and the Eurozone

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Written on June 13, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Economy, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Barry Dodd CBE: Tribute

Successful local business man and friend to the Chamber of Commerce, Barry Dodd CBE, has died suddenly in a helicopter crash. Barry was piloting the aircraft when it crashed into a field at Aldborough, 16 miles north-west of York, on Wednesday 30 May 2018. Barry became Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in September 2014 and was known throughout the area as

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Written on May 31, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, York

Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%. This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work. Find out more about Bradford Council’s

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Written on May 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Digital skills coaching session – Scarborough, 2 May

A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on Wednesday May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Business support, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Media, Members news, News, Skills, York

Chambers call for action as growth slows

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s economy grew at its slowest rate since 2012 in the first quarter of the year. Sterling fell sharply as the possibility of an interest rate rise next month decreased. GDP growth was 0.1%, down from 0.4% in the previous quarter, driven by a dip in construction

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Written on April 27, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Museum breaks through half-million visitor barrier

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, Bradford’s National Science & Media Museum attraction welcomed 505,000 visits, compared to 405,000 for the same period in 2016/17—a 25% increase, year-on-year. Highlights from the past 12 months include the museum re-branding to focus on the science and culture of image and sound technology, opening a new permanent gallery—Wonderlab—and exhibiting Tim Peake’s

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Written on April 25, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Media, News, Skills, York

HR research: flexi-working and returner recruitment

HR Professionals are being requested to help with government research underway to understand employers’ views on the barriers to, and facilitators of, flexible working and returner recruitment. What’s needed?   An hour’s interview time in April or May 2018. Why? The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has partnered with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to generate evidence on what works to improve

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Written on April 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, News, Skills, York

Bradford Property Forum – Wed 18 April, 8-9.45am

The changing role of city centres – a market perspective on emerging trends When: 8-9.45am; Wed 18 April 2018 Where: Bradford City FC, Valley Parade, BD8 7DZ What: Emerging office/retail trends and their likely impact on Bradford Who: Cushman & Wakefield; property developer; This session will look at the key trends/future outlook for property market sectors and the implications for

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Written on March 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Property, York