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Kirkgate Centre has new owner

Bradford’s Kirkgate Centre has a new owner, which the site manager says instils even more confidence in the city’s future prospects. The 350,000 sq ft centre in Darley Street has been sold by its previous private Irish owners to private equity group HIG Capital, along with another shopping centre in Newbury, for a reported combined price of about £60 million.

Written on 18th December 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, 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

You can influence business policy

Please take three minutes to complete the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey. Take the survey here. Did you know that your answers to this survey in previous quarters have directly helped to influence local policy makers and support the provision of meaningful activity to support business, including: UTC Leeds, a new school focusing on engineering & manufacturing, opening September 2016 Introduction

Written on 9th November 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, News, news story 2

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

Economic survey shows growth

Growth within the region’s economy continues into Q3 despite tougher trading conditions, says West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s latest economic survey results present a two speed economy this quarter. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT FOR Q3 HERE The service sector continues to grow at pace, reporting increasing headcounts and solid domestic and export sales, although the pace

Written on 9th October 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, Manufacturing, news story 2

Work starts on Low Moor station

Construction work on the new £10.8m Low Moor rail station in Bradford is underway. Funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Network Rail, the new station is on the Calder Vale Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax and will serve passengers in Low Moor, Oakenshaw and Wyke. Station facilities will include: Fully accessible platforms

Written on 2nd September 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, Infrastructure, Lobbying, news story 2

Monthly Economic Review – May 2015

The latest (May 2015) British Chamber of Commerce UK Monthly Economic Review provides an easy-to-use commentary on the key economic indicators for UK businesses. The report also provides a comparison between economic data compiled by external organisations such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the BCC’s own Quarterly Economic Survey and economic forecast. It is available here.

Written on 12th May 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Economy, News story 4

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