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Get commercial benefits from diversity and inclusion

Increase customer numbers with mailing lists

Is your organisation doing all it can to foster an inclusive culture and support diversity in the workplace? An ‘Inclusive Employers’ Workshop on Wed 11 March, 8.30-10.30am at Bradford University’s Norcroft Centre, Richmond Road, will spell out the commercial case for harnessing diversity of thought and experience, and how diverse teams make better decisions. This workshop forms part of Bradford’s

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Written on February 21, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, News

Quarterly Economic Survey, Q1 – now underway

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Fieldwork is underway for the Chamber’s latest Quarterly Economic Survey.  We need businesses to complete the survey in order to build up and portray an up-to-date and accurate picture of the regional economic trends. This work supports the Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities, assisting our discussions with policy-makers and decision-makers locally, regionally and nationally. Take the survey here The current

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Written on February 17, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows exporters still suffering

Exporters continued to tread water through the final quarter of 2019 according to the largest independent survey of UK firms, released by British Chambers of Commerce and DHL Express today. The survey of more than 3,300 exporters revealed that manufacturing export orders weakened for a second consecutive quarter. Indicators for service sector exporters also decreased in the quarter and remain

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Written on February 17, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, York

HS2 announcement: Chamber Reaction

Chamber Reaction to Government announcement on HS2 “We firmly believe that HS2 is essential to assist the future growth and advancement of the Northern economy.  It will help reduce the disparity between north and south, improve connectivity and enhance rail capacity on the network.  HS2 should be seen as an investment in the country’s future prospects and ambitions. “We hope

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Written on February 11, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Reaction to Northern franchise take-back

Northern powerhouse transport discussions

Responding to the announcement that Arriva will hand back control of the Northern Rail franchise to the government, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said: “Business communities across the North want an end to the unacceptable levels of disruption and delay they’re currently facing.  Renationalisation of Northern Rail, or indeed any other franchise, only offers a temporary solution. Only substantial investment in our aging

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Written on January 29, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport, York

New Immigration Model: BCC offers help

The British Chambers of Commerce, along with others, has offered to help design a new immigration system. The UK’s five largest business organisations (BCC, CBI, FSB, IOD & MakeUK) – plus other trade associations – have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel offering expertise, experience and enterprise. The letter sets out four priorities: A minimum salary that supports the economy

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Written on January 24, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Skills, York

Airport facilities to be boosted by new terminal

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is submitting fresh plans to build a state-of-the-art terminal, which aims to dramatically improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings, and support greater economic prosperity for the Leeds City Region, Yorkshire and the North. These new plans, to be submitted in spring 2020, replace the recently consented scheme and the

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Written on January 15, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, News, Transport, York

Economic Survey Results (Qtr 4, 2019)

Service sector leads the way The region’s strong service sector led the way over the last quarter with solid domestic sales growth; manufacturers too saw increases as companies focused on UK markets at the end of 2019. International sales remain subdued with manufacturing sales at their lowest level since 2016. Confidence picked up in the last quarter as companies prepare

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Written on January 15, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

2019 Campaign Wins & Stats

As one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the national affiliated network, we have been involved in many of the campaigns of the last 12 months led by the British Chambers of Commerce. We continue to liaise closely with the BCC, identifying both regional and national issues on which we can work together, and providing evidence and case studies

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Written on January 3, 2020Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Uncategorized, York

BCC Reaction to Queen’s Speech

The British Chambers of Commerce has reacted to the new government’s Queen’s Speech “The government’s legislative plans will give businesses some encouragement that Westminster is finally starting to think about growth and investment again, but the real test will be in the detail that follows. “From now on, soundbites can be no substitute for the daily grind of good government. Attention must return to the details that matter, and the government must

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