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QES Results: Decisions on hold

The message coming out of this quarter’s economic survey report is that companies across our region are in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Manufacturers reported increasing sales over the last quarter, both home and abroad, outperforming the national average. Some of this has been attributed to companies focusing on UK markets where customers higher up the

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Written on April 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

BCC QES: Business hits the brakes

The British Chambers of Commerce’s quarterly economic survey shows key indicators weakened considerably in early 2019.  The balance of services firms reporting a rise in export sales at its lowest level in a decade The balance of firms reporting improved cashflow turned negative for the first time since 2012 Investment intentions in both manufacturing and services sectors at lowest level

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Written on April 2, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, Economy, Lobbying, News, Policy, QES

Leeds factories open doors to 10,000 students

Business leaders from around 50 Leeds manufacturers have joined forces at Leeds City College Printworks Campus to launch an initiative aimed at showcasing the latest career opportunities available to young people across the city’s modern manufacturing sector. As the UK’s third largest manufacturing centre, Leeds is home to more than 1,800 manufacturing firms, employing 26,000 people. The Leeds Manufacturing Festival,

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Written on April 1, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Manufacturing, News

Expressions of Interest invited for new Bradford units

Opportunity Description: Expressions of Interest from contractors are invited for the new build of three industrial units with mezzanines on a site adjacent to Bradford Chamber Business Park, New Lane, Laisterdyke, Bradford, to create managed workspace for SMEs. Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 2 April 2019 Downloadable documentation: Full information and how to register your interest is available here Share

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Written on March 22, 2019Marketing. Published in Chamber News

Expressions of Interest invited for office refurb

Opportunity Description: Expressions of Interest are invited for the refurbishment of the 4th and 5th floors of Devere House, Little Germany, Bradford, to create quality serviced offices to be let to SMEs. Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 2 April 2019. Downloadable documentation: Full information and how to register your interest is available here Share this page on social media

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Written on March 22, 2019Marketing. Published in Chamber News

International accolade for BEF

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF), which provides finance and support for new and existing businesses in Yorkshire and the North East, has been given the UK top accolade for its economic and social impact from an international foundation. Its work has been recognised for making an “enormous contribution to economic growth and the social and environmental vibrancy of the communities it serves,”

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Written on March 21, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Chamber News, Finance, News

Planning Protocol launched at Property Forum

A new strategy aimed at helping the delivery of new development in Leeds has been launched at today’s Property Forum event. The Leeds Planning Protocol is joint work between Leeds City Council and West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, setting out a commitment to working together. It builds on existing good practice of engaging with communities and front-loading the

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Written on March 19, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

New report on how to boost investment

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Legal & General have published a report on how best to boost investment in UK towns and cities, and how to unlock further investment to help growth. The report, ‘Building the Towns and Cities of Tomorrow’, looks in detail at eight cities (including Leeds, following a meeting with members there), and finds that

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

BCC: Growth forecast downgraded

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Monday) slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019 (down from 1.3%), which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade. The BCC has also downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.3% (down from 1.5%) and published its first forecast for

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Written on March 18, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

BCC launches Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) today launches its flagship Chamber Business Awards at London Stock Exchange. Northcoders, last year’s winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ award has the honour of opening trading at the London Stock Exchange. The prestigious competition is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business

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Written on March 15, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in BCC, Chamber News, News