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Bradford celebrates 10th anniversary as City of Film

Bradford is set to enjoy a year-long programme of celebratory events and activities as it enters its 10th year as a UNESCO City of Film. Driven by the city’s rich film heritage, Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Since the bestowment as a world centre for film, the City of Film has maintained a packed programme of

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Written on February 20, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media

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

BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

Commenting on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal, Adam Marshall, Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “Businesses across the UK will be deeply concerned by reports that ministers are considering setting UK import tariffs to zero in the case of no-deal. “Ministers have not consulted with business

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Written on February 7, 2019Marketing. Published in Brexit, Chamber News, Policy

The Great Northern Conference 2019 – 20% off for Chamber members

The North-South divide is not closing despite encouraging economic performance in the Northern Powerhouse, new figures today reveal. Figures obtained by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership show that, while a number of Northern regions have performed well in the past year, many of the North’s key areas are lagging behind the national average when it comes to the productivity of their

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Written on February 5, 2019Marketing. Published in Chamber News

Pride, preparation and positivity – that’s Paula!

Leeds Chamber President, Paula Dillon, expressed her immense pride recently at being able to lead one of the country’s best business communities. Originally from Liverpool, Paula said it was a privilege not only to lead the business support organisation, but also be part of positive changes going on in Leeds. Speaking at the Chamber’s annual dinner (Thursday 31 January), the

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Written on February 1, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, News story 4, Policy

Chamber gets match-funding for more business space

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has been awarded match European funding to develop additional offices and industrial units in Bradford. These serviced offices will be offered on flexible terms at the Chamber’s historic Victorian headquarters Devere House, in Little Germany, and will comprise twelve offices over two floors. The investment will also add three industrial units with mezzanine

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Written on January 29, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, News, Property

The British Chamber of Commerce responds to result of meaningful vote

“There are no more words to describe the frustration, impatience, and growing anger amongst business after two and a half years on a high-stakes political rollercoaster ride that shows no sign of stopping. Basic questions on real-world operational issues remain unanswered, and firms now find themselves facing the unwelcome prospect of a messy and disorderly exit from the EU on

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Written on January 16, 2019Marketing. Tagged with: ,
Published in BCC, Brexit, Chamber News, News, Policy

Survey Results: Pause button hit on investment

Regional business ended the year strongly but uncertainty is holding back decision-making; these are the main findings from the Chamber’s last economic survey of 2018. Carried out in partnership with Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the survey highlighted strong employment across the region but indicated a slowing in investment intentions. Chamber Chair Gerald Jennings said: “The results suggest that major

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Written on January 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES, York

Survey shows stalling economy

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern, with stagnating levels of growth and business confidence as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures. Key findings: Percentage of services firms reporting an increase in domestic sales and orders drops to two-year low Recruitment difficulties

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Written on January 3, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, QES, York

Chamber delegation met Shadow Chancellor

Business leaders from West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce met Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell recently. The senior opposition MP visited Shipley in support of the party’s election candidate, Jo Pike, and included a meeting with the Chamber as part of the trip.  Nick Garthwaite and Suzanne Watson, respectively Bradford Chamber’s president and vice-president, led the business delegation, which

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Written on January 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York