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Bradford Chamber Council – March Report

Chamber Council heard recently from an IT specialist on how technology is helping to improve productivity, speed up procedures and save money. David Cawthray from Bradford Council, and formerly of Pace, highlighted how ‘going digital’ and the sharing of analytical data will assist economic growth.  Public sector examples of how changes had improved procedures and outcomes included: – online vehicle tax

Written on 30th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News

Election Panel Debate: Supporting Business Growth

General Election – Business & Politics How will our MPs support business growth in the region? When: 6-8pm, Thurs 23 April 2015 Where: Yorkshire Building Society, 6th Floor, Broad Gate, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8EQ (entrance opposite top of Lands Lane where it meets The Headrow) The most unpredictable election for many years is causing great uncertainty among many businesses

Written on 23rd March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Budget – Key Points & Reaction

Key Budget Points – March 2015 Corporation tax cut to 20% in two weeks “Help to buy ISA” for first-time buyers. Every £200 saved for deposit, govt gives £50 top-up Personal savings allowance takes 95% out of tax September’s fuel duty increase cancelled Employers’ under-21 NICs abolished (April 2015), and young apprentices (April 2016) Class 2 NICs (self-employed) abolished in

Written on 18th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Chamber investment incentive Budget plea

Bradford Chamber of Commerce is backing the national Chamber body’s Budget appeal ahead of 18 March, but is not holding its breath for great things to happen. The Chamber says that, with a General Election so close and so much uncertainty around the result, plus government finances remaining so tight, it is best not to pin hopes on ‘big’ announcements. The

Written on 17th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Planned cuts successfully opposed

  Bradford Chamber has lobbied successfully to oppose some of the Council’s budget cuts. Acknowledging that some difficult decisions had to be made due to central government demands for cuts, the Chamber nevertheless had to oppose several of the cuts due to their likely impact on business support, inward investment and economic development.  The response also noted that city centre

Written on 10th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

New blood for policy group

Bradford Chamber’s Local Affairs Committee has a new chairman, plus new members. Justin Robinson of Hayfield Robinson, who has chaired the group for the last six years, has made way for TL Dallas’ Mike Martin.  The group, which meets quarterly, supports the main policy-making body, Chamber Council with consultation responses, receiving presentations and updates in areas affecting local business, and

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

Rail strategy for the North to be unveiled

Businesses interested in the North’s long-term rail travel prospects can find out more at an event in Leeds on 4 March. A Rail North event at PWC, Wellington St, Leeds, from 8.30-9.30 (breakfast from 8) will outline a long-term strategy that sets out how rail will support Northern economic growth over the next 20 years by improving connectivity.  It is

Written on 26th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Leeds City Region, LEP, News

Businesses grill Labour No.2

Senior Labour figure Ed Balls has been lobbied by Bradford manufacturers following the party’s policies being scrutinised for lack of business empathy. The Morley & Outwood MP, and likely Chancellor if Labour wins the upcoming election, visited Silsden-based Advanced Actuators and discussed policy issues with a small group of local businesses.  Chris Woodhead of the exporting and award-winning engineering company

Written on 25th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Employment, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News