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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

‘Any Questions’ to broadcast from Leeds

A live broadcast of Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ – chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby and currently celebrating its 70th anniversary – is being hosted at Leeds Minster on Friday 7 September 2018. Free tickets are required, and these can be obtained by emailing admin@leedsminster.org. More info, including panellists, available at http://www.leedsminster.org/events/BBC-Radio-4-Any-Questions/ The panellist for this event are the following: Lord Eric Pickles

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Written on August 29, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Media, News, Policy, York

Business Lunch, Friday 14 Sep: Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones has been Harrogate & Knaresborough’s MP since 2010. The Conservative politician has held ministerial posts in the Department for Transport and the Treasury, and is currently one of the Party’s vice-chairs, with responsibility for business engagement. If you live or work in an area with connections to Andrew’s parliamentary seat, you should think about coming along to this

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Written on August 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

York Property Forum: Mon 3 Sep

York businesses are invited to the next Property Forum to hear about new opportunities in the sector. Speakers from higher education and the Local Enterprise Partnership will set out ideas and plans that will help drive forward the sub-region’s economy over the next few years. The five-year capital investment plan of York St John University will be demonstrated by Rob

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Written on August 24, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Economy, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

GCSE Results: Chamber Reaction

GCSE Results – 23 Aug 2018 – West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Reaction “We welcome the news today that GCSE pass rates have risen overall.  The announcement that standards are increasing – and also that the gap between boys and girls is narrowing – is good news for employers, although this is, of course, not the only measurement

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Written on August 23, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, Skills & Education, York

BCC comment ahead of ‘no deal’ Brexit notices

Commenting ahead of the publication of technical notices from the government relating to the possibility of ‘no deal’ in the Brexit negotiations, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses have waited too long for answers to some basic questions around Brexit – and have been particularly frustrated by the lack of clear guidance

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Written on August 22, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

York Central site takes next step forward

A planning application has been submitted to develop the York Central site in the heart of the city. The application includes plans for new residential, cultural and business neighbourhoods adjacent to the train station in one of the country’s largest brownfield sites. A partnership has been put together to drive the project forward and, if approves, the scheme is expected

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Written on August 17, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Construction, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News, York

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