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Tax office move challenged

Bradford Chamber has asked the Chancellor, George Osborne, to reconsider plans to create a new regional tax office in Leeds. Plans were announced in November by the HMRC to close several local sites and build larger offices that would serve regions instead.  Bradford and Shipley has more than 2,000 people currently working in HMRC. The Chamber has been working with the

Written on 4th January 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Spending Review: Chamber Reaction

A summary of the highlights of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement can be found here.  Reaction from the Chamber President is below. An alternative document breaks the announcements down into categories here. Bradford Chamber President, Andy Caton, said: “A major house-building programme is something that will be welcomed within Bradford, with its fast-growing young population, although that has to be matched locally

Written on 26th November 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying

Economic Forum – Manufacturing

The above event is being hosted by Insider business magazine, and bookings are still being taken. Speakers include Bradford Chamber’s Vice-President Nick Garthwaite and the Council Chief Executive Kersten England. The future of manufacturing in the area will be discussed, along with how changing technology continues to affect economic prospects. When: 8-9.30am, Thurs 22 Oct Where: Cedar Court Hotel, Rooley

Written on 15th October 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Manufacturing, News

Plans exhibited for former PO site

Businesses are invited to see the plans to redevelop at the former Royal Mail sorting office. A public exhibition takes place over two days at Forster Square Retail Park on Valley Road (in the car park) to view British Land’s proposals for a new leisure destination for the city centre.  There has been much speculation on would happen with this site

Written on 2nd September 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, News, news story 2

Devolution debate: Chamber speaks out

Bradford Chamber contributed to the ongoing debate on devolution today (Fri 31 Jul), with comments provided to the Telegraph & Argus. The T&A has just completed a five-day series of articles on how or whether devolution would help the local economy. Today’s newspaper quotes President Andy Caton as saying that any powers granted to raise and retain taxes locally needs to be

Written on 31st July 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Press Log

Hotels act as city’s ambassadors

Hotel staff in Bradford are to become City of Film ambassadors to encourage guests to explore key film and TV locations across the city. Staff will be offered the opportunity to go and see a film at Picturehouse cinemas at Bradford’s National Media Museum and write a brief review of their experience. Several hotels have signed up to receive training

Written on 12th June 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, News, news story 2

Westfield opening date announced

An opening date has been announced for Bradford’s soon-to-be-complete new shopping centre. Westfield Broadway will open on 5 November.  It is expected to employ around 2,500 people, and it moves Bradford up the national retail rankings 59 places to 26. In tandem with the news, a retail academy – ‘Skillshouse’ – has been launched to help recruit staff for the

Written on 4th June 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News, news story 2

Local marginals to influence voting outcome

Bradford constituencies will play a key part in which party/parties form the next government after this Thursday’s election. Two seats in particular, plus a neighbouring Leeds one, are classed as key marginals by campaigners and bookmakers alike.  Bradford West, Keighley and Pudsey are all being seen as too close to call. Bookmakers said: “Seats in and around Bradford will heavily

Written on 5th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, News

Election candidates quizzed in Chamber debate

Business leaders from West and North Yorkshire have taken part in a ‘Question Time’ election debate. Candidates from five political parties pitched to members of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce at a ‘hustings’ event ahead of the General Election on 7 May.  The debate was also joined by the presidents of Bradford and Leeds Chambers, both part of

Written on 30th April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News