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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

Bradford launches NPR Growth Strategy

Bradford Council has unveiled its Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy at the international property conference, MIPIM. Focussing on skills and education and unlocking growth at the Southern Gateway to the city, the NPR Growth Strategy covers six key areas. According to the strategy: A better-connected Bradford is an opportunity to create a more productive economic system across the whole

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Written on March 12, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport

The Destination for Business

The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), the largest airport in the Yorkshire region, and aql, one of the region’s most innovative digital companies, to promote Yorkshire’s business community. West and North Yorkshire is ‘The Destination for Business’. LBA is located at the heart of West Yorkshire, connecting businesses to hundreds

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Written on January 31, 2019Marketing. Published in News, Transport

Bradford-Shipley Route Improvement Consultation

Views are being invited on plans to improve the main roads between Bradford and Shipley. Information on the plans is online here, including an online questionnaire (hard copy available on request). Bradford Chamber’s Leadership Group will receive a presentation on this issue at its meeting on 29 January, but we would still like to hear from other members who have

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Written on January 4, 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Lobbying, News, Policy, Transport

Chamber members bend minister’s ear

Businesses in Bradford were able to tell a leading cabinet minister about the importance of transport connections in the District, thanks to the Chamber. At only two days’ notice, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce pulled in a group of businesses and found a venue to host Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and a team of civil servants, prior to

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Written on September 10, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Infrastructure & Transport, Leeds, Lobbying, Manufacturing, Media, News, Policy, Transport, York

Top transport officials meet with Chamber representatives

Chamber representatives have met with senior Department for Transport officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Bernadette Kelly CB. The department’s Executive Committee (a team of top civil servants all based in Whitehall) were in West Yorkshire as part of a fact-finding mission to assist in their knowledge of relevant issues and support for ministers.  The meeting, chaired and hosted by Addleshaw

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Written on June 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport, York

Research backs NPR city station

Emerging research shows that a Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station in Bradford city centre could boost the economy by up to £15bn by 2060, creating up to 15,000 jobs across the city region.  Two computer-generated images have been released (included here) that show how Bradford Interchange and the surrounding area could be transformed by investing in a city centre station

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Written on March 16, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Infrastructure, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Leeds Dinner: President sets out hopes and fears

Leeds Chamber’s first female president spoke about her plans, hopes and fears to a business audience last night (Thursday 25 January). Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, covered a range of policy areas in which she will be hoping to have some influence over the next couple of years, while also remarking that, tongue-in-cheek, if nothing

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Written on January 26, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in apprenticeships, Chamber News, Infrastructure, Leeds, Legal, Lobbying, Media, News, Transport

Transport plan includes delivering on NPR

Plans for future transport investment in West & North Yorkshire have been outlined in a 30-year year plan to drive economic growth. Transport for the North launched the plan via a public consultation announcement aimed at improving connections across the North of England and closing the economic gap with the South. If successful, the plan could deliver a £100 billion

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Written on January 18, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Chamber News, Leeds, Lobbying, News, Transport, York

Forster Square plans get public thumbs-up

A public consultation on the future of Forster Square station has resulted in an 85% approval rate for the new look. The current building will be replaced, as will the lift and staircase as part of a £17 million redevelopment scheme. The short public consultation in December resulted in 340 online and 400 paper responses. A process to procure services

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Written on January 3, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Construction, Infrastructure, Leeds, News, Transport