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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

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