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Chamber calls on Chancellor to incentivise investment

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Chancellor to create business stability in this year’s Budget. The Chamber wants to see Philip Hammond introduce measures that will tackle the up-front costs of doing business, and offer incentives for investment; the business group is also calling for improved mobile network coverage.  The submission to the Chancellor, due

Written on 16th November 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, Lobbying, News

Election: Reaction

Commenting on the General Election outcome, Andy Caton, President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce said: “The UK electorate has today accomplished the unlikely feat of piling more uncertainty on business communities already grappling with currency fluctuations, high up-front costs, and the Brexit process. The election result serves to deliver yet more uncertainty and the formation of a stable administration that

Written on 12th June 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, Lobbying, News

MP spars with property sector

Philip Davies at Property Forum

Businesses in Bradford’s property sector came face-to-face with their arch-nemesis recently, when Shipley MP Philip Davies spoke at the Property Forum. The outspoken and maverick MP had been the bane of the city’s planners and property folk for the last few months, due to his intervention in the process to ear-mark land for housing and commercial use.  Mr Davies agreed

Written on 5th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, Environment, Lobbying, News

Tong Street congestion views sought

Businesses’ views are being sought about their experiences of using Tong Street in Bradford. The south-east Bradford highway is renowned for congestion and a scheme is being developed to help reduce the problem.  A £13m improvement scheme along the one-mile section from Knowles Lane to Westgate Hill includes increasing capacity and improving accessibility. Businesses are invited to tell us, Bradford

Written on 4th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News

Architect has designs on property sector

Allan Booth (centre) with new vice-chair Marianne McCallum

Bradford Property Forum has a new chairman.  Allan Booth of Rance Booth Smith architects has taken over the running of the networking and lobby group from Chartback Developments’ Steve McManus.  Allan will lead the group for the next two years, taking charge of networking events, steering group meetings and co-ordinating the overall direction of the business group.  The Property Forum

Written on 14th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Environment, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News

Development levy plan to be dropped

The planned levy on development that supporters claimed would help to fund infrastructure should be waived for house-building schemes in Bradford a planning inspector has ruled. The move would help to regenerate brownfield sites in both places, the Government inspector said, even though Council estimates show it could cost the district more than £10 million in unrealised cash for roads, schools

Written on 8th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News

Bradford Council budget cut consultation

Views are invited from businesses on Bradford Council’s planned budget cuts for 2017-19. Over the last six years, the Council has had to find £250m in savings and increased income due to central government funding cuts and rising demand for services.  In 2020, its net budget will be around half of what it was ten years previous. In previous years,

Written on 2nd February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Finance, Lobbying, News

Council Leader speaks to policy group

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe spoke to the Chamber’s Leadership Group in November 2016. The Windhill & Wrose representative had previously had several meetings and conversations with Chamber Chief Executive Sandy Needham, but this was the first time members had the opportunity to put questions direct to the Leader.  Cllr Hinchcliffe, who has held the top post since last May,

Written on 1st December 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News, Skills