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Airport rail link ruled out on cost grounds

A NEW link road and improved bus links between Bradford Interchange and Leeds Bradford airport are some of the preferred options laid out in a Government feasibility study into making the airport more accessible. However, a tram/train link between the city centre and the airport has initially been ruled out of any upcoming plans to improve airport connectivity on the grounds

Written on 16th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, News

Autumn Statement – Chamber Reaction & Overview

A summary of the main points raised in the Autumn Statement are listed below our official response. Andrew Lindsay, Chairman of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The announcement to review business rates is long overdue – welcome, but still overdue. And if our calls for this had been answered a few years ago, we wouldn’t have had

Written on 4th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, News

East Coast franchise award – details and Chamber comment

The Government has awarded the East Coast Main Line franchise to a consortium involving Virgin and Stagecoach. The operation will commence in March and run for eight years. Virgin and Stagecoach already operate the West Coast main line and have promised improved services on East Coast. The terms of the franchise include: 23 new services from London to key destinations,

Written on 27th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, News

Risks associated with remote working

Remote working is putting businesses at risk of data security breaches, according to a recent survey. The survey of office workers in the UK and Germany revealed that a third of respondents had lost unsecured mobile devices in public places, with 75% of mobile devices containing work-related data. Almost half of respondents said that they never encrypt the data they

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News

Overtime ruling costly

As this item made national news recently, most businesses will already be aware – we’re just flagging it up to underline its importance. Payments for regular overtime should be taken into account by employers when calculating holiday pay. An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that employee claims for holiday pay can only be backdated for the previous three months; there had

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, News

Staff training investment – key to productivity boost

The British Chambers of Commerce organisation is calling on businesses to invest in workforce training as a key driver for economic success and improved productivity performance. The national Chamber body has published further findings from its 2014 Workforce Survey: Training and Skills. Results show that 92% have identified a skills shortage among staff in at least one key competency. The most

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Bank of England Economic Briefing – 27 Nov

Businesses in Bradford will get a detailed briefing on the regional and national economy from the Bank of England on Thursday 27 November.  Places are still available for this annual briefing. The Bank’s regional agent and deputy agent for Yorkshire, Juliette Healey and Will Holman, will present the latest forecasts for growth and inflation, give an indication on when rate

Written on 11th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, News

Quarterly Economic Survey Qtr4 2014 – Add Your Voice

Please add your views to the latest quarterly economic survey to support relevant fact-finding about the local economy and connected businesses working here. The QES can be completed in just two minutes, but provides important data that is useful for many policy-makers and other influencers, locally and nationally. Please complete the survey here. (before Wed 3 December 2014) The findings

Written on 10th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News, Survey

Overtime ruling could cost

A ground-breaking case at an Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided to include overtime in holiday pay. That means staff working voluntary overtime could claim for additional holiday pay. Currently, only basic pay counts when calculating holiday pay.  Details, including on whether claims can be backdated, have yet to be released and, as the ruling is likely to go to the Court of Appeal, a final decision may

Written on 4th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News