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New President – York & North Yorkshire Chamber

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has elected a new President. Andrew Digwood succeeds Bridget Meynell, who has held the post for the last two years.  Andrew, a Partner with law firm Rollits LLP, was elected at the annual meeting of York & North Yorkshire Chamber’s Leadership Group today (Tuesday 26 June).  Andrew had been in the role of

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Written on June 26, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, York

Engineering apprenticeships on display at Leeds Welding

A group of Leeds students has visited laser cutting and metal fabrication firm Leeds Welding Company as part of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, to see for themselves the careers and apprenticeships on offer in a modern engineering business. The festival includes a programme of events running up to October which showcase job and training opportunities available for young people with

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Written on June 20, 2019Emily Gibson. Published in Chamber News, Education, Leeds, Members news, Skills, Skills & Education

Lords’ HS2 Report: Chamber Reaction

Commenting on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report into High Speed 2, Gerald Jennings, Chair of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This part of the world is in desperate need of need of major rail investment which will bring about transformational change in our rail network and the Chamber is pleased that the report recognises

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Written on May 17, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Property Forum gets land review update – 12 June

Businesses operating in the property and professional services sectors are being encouraged to attend an upcoming event to help drive economic growth and development. A study is underway to examine in greater detail Bradford Chamber Property Forum’s lobbying on employment land shortages, as outlined in last year’s report ‘Creating Space for Future Success’.  The consultants commissioned to complete the study

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Written on May 14, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, York

Apprenticeship grants available

Looking to recruit more talent into your business? Grants of up to £2,500 are available for businesses with 249 or fewer employees to recruit an apprentice. If you’re based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield or York you can apply for the apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A core grant of £2,000 is on

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Written on April 16, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Bradford, Business support, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Skills, Skills & Education, York

Walk & Talk – Bradford City Centre

Walk & Talk – Bradford City Centre You may think that you know Bradford city centre, but do you really?  Like all good cities, Bradford is changing; if you’d like to find out how, then read on, and think about coming along to this event. What: City Centre Walk When: 4.30pm, Tues 7 May 2019 Where: Chamber office, Vicar Lane,

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Written on April 5, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, News, Policy, Property, Property forum, 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 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

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