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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

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

Political parties must restore confidence, Chamber says

Put confidence back in business, parties told Boosting business confidence and avoiding a no-deal Brexit need to be at the heart of party manifestos in the General Election. This is the call of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The business support organisation has been working with its national network, the British Chambers of Commerce, which has set out

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Written on November 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

QES Results: Brexit uncertainty holds back decision-making

Brexit uncertainty holding back decision making West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has published its latest round of economic survey findings. There is just one theme dominating this quarter’s results which is the ongoing and relentless uncertainty caused by Brexit. Manufacturing activity slowed significantly in the last three months as companies report the lowest level of domestic sales activity

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Written on October 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, QES, York

Brexit ‘no deal’ guidance still lacking detail, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce has published an evaluation of government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October.   BCC has found that, at the time of publication, 31 of 36 business-critical areas are still marked amber or red, indicating that firms have incomplete or insufficient information available to plan thoroughly for a

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Written on September 20, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

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: Trade agreement delays are disappointing

Commenting on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The lack of progress revealed today is an incredibly disappointing, though not unexpected admission. This is unfortunately yet another example where politicians have overpromised and underdelivered – and it is businesses and consumers both

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Written on February 22, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

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

Business groups appeal to politicians to prevent ‘No Deal’

The UK’s five leading business groups, representing thousands of businesses across the UK employing millions of people, have united to call on politicians to prevent a disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit on 29 March. “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward. The lack of progress in

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Written on December 19, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, York

Outlook weakens for business investment

Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU is one factors that has weakened the outlook for business investment, says the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). A decline of -0.6% for business investment in 2018 is expected to be followed next year with growth of just 0.1%.  The figures coincide with the repeated delays and lack of clarity on

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Written on December 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, Economy, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York