The state of Yorkshire’s economy came under the microscope when West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Bank of England, took part in a Regional and National Economic Outlook event at the University of Bradford.
Staged at the School of Management’s Norcroft Conference Centre, around 100 business leaders, academics and students listened to presentations for the Chamber’s Head of Representation and Policy Mark Casci and the Bank of England’s Agent for Yorkshire and Humber Alex Golledge.
Mark ran through the findings of the Chamber’s recent Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) while Alex presented the Bank’s Monetary Policy Report for Q3.
Both presentations naturally made for some quite grim listening for those in attendance given the state of the nation’s finances but there were some reasons for optimism given that domestic sale levels were slightly ahead for Yorkshire compared to the national average.
This was followed by a lively question and answer session where the panel was quizzed on a number of economic issues.
The event was hosted by the University of Bradford’s vice-chancellor Professor Zahir Irani and its Dean and Professor of Circular Economy, Amir Sharif.