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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

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

Businesses raise the bar at social impact awards

The success stories of local businesses with strong social impact initiatives were celebrated in Leeds last night. Over 140 attendees gathered for the West and North Yorkshire Chamber’s Raising the Bar Awards, which recognises businesses with exceptional commitment to making a positive social impact on their local community. Twelve businesses were recognised as the Raising the Bar winners, across the

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Written on November 7, 2019Marketing. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, News, Raising the Bar, 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

Queen’s Speech: British Chambers’ reaction

BCC comments on the Queen’s Speech Commenting on the Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Our message to government is simple: put the economy at the forefront of your agenda. These are unnerving times for businesses facing Brexit uncertainty, global headwinds and a UK economy in

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Written on October 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, Policy, York