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Budget Submission: Measures to counter Brexit headwinds

Lobbying key decision makers

The British Chambers of Commerce has met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the upcoming Autumn Budget. BCC has proposed action in seven key areas: • An exceptional ‘Brexit Investment Incentive’ – with the Annual Investment Allowance boosted to £1m to ‘crowd in’ both domestic and international investment – and stem the weakening in business investment in the

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

‘Bradford Live’ scheme hits the right notes at property lunch

The man leading the scheme to bring Bradford’s former Odeon building back into use gave an update to the business community recently. Lee Craven, who intends to make ‘Bradford Live’ again, addressed a Chamber of Commerce audience in the city, telling them about the planned uses for the site.  The £20 million scheme will be operated by events and venue

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy, Property, Property forum

Survey says Brexit affecting international trade

A survey by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), in partnership with DHL Express UK, has today (18 Oct 2018) revealed that almost half – 49% – of businesses have uncertainty over Brexit front of mind when deciding whether to trade internationally, highlighting the economic cost of the persistent lack of political clarity. A similar number (48%) of firms are concerned

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Written on October 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Bradford PO branch changes: Consultation

The Post Office is planning some changes on how one of its Bradford city centre branches will operate.  This is the one within WH Smith’s in The Broadway. A consultation process is underway, and interested parties can respond with their views via this survey here. The consultation is open until 14 November. Share this page on social media

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Written on October 17, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, News

Leeds next in line for multi-million pound full fibre transformation

With work in Leeds due to start in the New Year, CityFibre and Vodafone are accelerating Britain’s shift away from copper, bringing full fibre infrastructure to one million UK homes and businesses by 2021. Leeds has been named as one of the first UK locations to benefit from city-wide full fibre connectivity following the announcement of private investment totalling nearly

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Written on October 17, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Leeds, News

Prime Minister backs inaugural manufacturing scheme

The Prime Minister has given her backing to a Bradford scheme promoting a future in manufacturing for young people. Theresa May said Bradford Manufacturing Week is a “great opportunity” to showcase future job prospects and careers for young people across the area. Organisers say more than 1,000 young people have signed up to more than 3,000 manufacturing experiences across the

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Written on October 11, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, News

Green growth the key, says energy boss

Green growth is now front-and-centre of the energy sector, according to a senior director at one of the region’s biggest businesses. Clare Harbord of Drax power Group told the annual meeting of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce that the business has embraced recent technological advances in order to turn around how it operates.  The energy producer is successfully

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Written on October 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Media, News, York

Chamber Chair outlines aspirations

One of the region’s key business leaders has highlighted how more needs to be done to allow local and sub-regional economies to thrive more. Gerald Jennings, the Chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, spoke to business leaders at the organisation’s annual meeting in Leeds recently.  While highlighting the activities and services provided to businesses during the previous

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Written on October 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, News story 3, York

The People’s Powerhouse Convention 2018

Collaborate. Debate. Network. Share. Inspire! Following the huge success the 2017 event, this year’s Convention will continue to inspire and lead change in the North. The objective of this event is to bring people together for meaningful dialogue, sharing and action – be they practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, young people, businesses, MPs or community groups. This years event takes

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Written on September 27, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in Chamber News, Economy, News

BCC response to PM’s Brexit Statement

The British Chambers of Commerce has responded to the Prime Minister’s statement today (Friday 21 Sep 2018) on the negotiations with the EU on Brexit.  The BCC response is below. “While the Prime Minister’s determination to reach a deal is appreciated, businesses tell us over and over that the time for posturing from both sides is over.  Businesses across the

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Written on September 21, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Brexit, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy