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Devolution for West Yorkshire? We’re still waiting!

Two senior West Yorkshire councillors charged with improving connectivity spoke to businesses in Bradford recently. Bradford Property Forum members met with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) representatives Peter Box and James Lewis to discuss devolution and transport.  The Bradford College-sponsored event was attended by almost 50 local firms from the property sector.  Cllr Box, Chair of WYCA and Leader of Wakefield

Written on 10th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, News

Chamber conference to stage pre-election debate

 BCC Annual Conference: 10th February 2015 QEII Conference Centre, London Speaker line-up including senior cabinet ministers, Ed Balls, William Hague and Sir Clive Woodward OBE To register for a free press pass please contact the press team on 020 7654 5813 / 5817 or register via the website. The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference brings together senior politicians and

Written on 16th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Council cuts planned – your chance to comment

Your views are sought on Bradford Council’s 2015-16 budget, including significant cost-cutting once again. Comments need to be made either to us by Mon 26 Jan, or direct to the Council by 29 Jan, ahead of City Hall meetings to approve the proposed areas of cuts and overall financial report. It is hoped that Chamber Council will discuss the proposed budget

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

Broadband connection voucher scheme extended

More than 800 jobs are expected to be created in Bradford over the next year as a result of £900k of government ‘connection voucher’ grants awarded to 400 small businesses in the District in the last 12 months. The funding covers the costs of installing high-speed internet connectivity, as part of the Superconnected Cities programme. Bradford and Leeds combined have seen

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

A decent start to 2015, survey shows

More businesses in Bradford are looking forward to 2015 with increasing confidence, according to a new survey. Members of Bradford Chamber of Commerce told researchers at the end of last year that they expect profits to increase during 2015 as trading conditions improve.  There is still plenty of caution among many firms as they face unpredictability, especially given that it’s

Written on 14th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, News

Transport schemes get financial backing

A £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for West Yorkshire and York has been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Road improvements, a new M62 junction, rail upgrades and more park-and-ride are included in the 30-plus projects scheduled for completion by 2021. Six more are scheduled for 2025. All of the schemes are meant to unlock economic benefits and increase

Written on 22nd December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News

Asian retailer signs up for Westfield

Asian fashion retailer Khaadi is the latest to sign up for a store at the Westfield Broadway centre in Bradford. Khaadi, which means ‘hand woven’, has agreed to take 3,316 sq ft of retail space at the development, due to open in the autumn.  Khaadi opened in 1998 in Karachi, Pakistan offering customers kurtas and loose fabric made from hand-woven fabric.    It continues to produce a

Written on 18th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Members News, News

New ventures springing up on city centre street

Plans to turn a Victorian listed building in North Parade into a new bar called The Beerhouse have been given the go-ahead. Bradford Council has granted planning permission to change the ground floor of the Table Décor furnishing shop into the new craft beer pub, which will also offer traditional food. Work on the conversion will start in January, with

Written on 18th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, News

EU Barometer: Firms ‘want in’, but not ‘further in’

As heads of government gather in Brussels to discuss economic growth proposals, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published its latest EU Business Barometer, tracking attitudes to Britain’s place in the European Union. The latest survey of 3,500 businesses shows that firms continue to see a recast UK-EU relationship, with Britain remaining on the inside, as most favourable. More than

Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, Lobbying, News, Survey

Skills for STEM event inspires the young

A two-day event to inspire young people’s interest in a science, technology, engineering or maths-based career took place in Bradford recently. The event – Skills for STEM – welcomed more than one hundred 14-16 year olds through the doors, each able to have a go at practical activities to help them understand the skills and techniques used in business, and

Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, Manufacturing, News