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Nick’s blog on the British Chambers’ conference

Nick Garthwaite

Bradford Chamber’s Vice-President and West & North Yorkshire board director, Nick Garthwaite of Christeyns provides his own thoughts on yesterday’s British Chambers’ conference which saw speeches from the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP and Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance. Nick said:” I had a most enjoyable day yesterday at the British Chambers of Commerce annual conference at

Written on 4th March 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News

Tax office move challenged

Bradford Chamber has asked the Chancellor, George Osborne, to reconsider plans to create a new regional tax office in Leeds. Plans were announced in November by the HMRC to close several local sites and build larger offices that would serve regions instead.  Bradford and Shipley has more than 2,000 people currently working in HMRC. The Chamber has been working with the

Written on 4th January 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, 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

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

QES – have your say

Fieldwork is now underway for the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) and we would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to tell us about your current business conditions. Please click here to complete the survey. The Chamber is regularly asked for data by MPs, Civil Servants and the Bank of England and by completing the QES you

Written on 24th August 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News story 4

Policy group brings in new blood

Bradford Chamber Council is looking forward to its first meeting later this month under the stewardship of its new President, Andy Caton. Andy took over from Paul Mackie in July, when five new representatives were also brought into the fold. The new-look Chamber Council meets next on 29 September, when the incoming representatives will be introduced to the rest of

Written on 12th August 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Lobbying, News, News story 4

Devolution debate: Chamber speaks out

Bradford Chamber contributed to the ongoing debate on devolution today (Fri 31 Jul), with comments provided to the Telegraph & Argus. The T&A has just completed a five-day series of articles on how or whether devolution would help the local economy. Today’s newspaper quotes President Andy Caton as saying that any powers granted to raise and retain taxes locally needs to be

Written on 31st July 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Press Log

New leader for Bradford business community

Bradford Chamber of Commerce has a new President – Andy Caton of Yorkshire Building Society. Andy took up the reins at the Chamber’s annual meeting Tuesday 14 July.  Vice-President for the last two years, Andy will now lead the organisation’s representative activities and lobby key decision-makers on behalf of the local business community.  He succeeds Rex Procter’s Paul Mackie, who

Written on 14th July 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News, News story 1, Press Log

Election candidates quizzed in Chamber debate

Business leaders from West and North Yorkshire have taken part in a ‘Question Time’ election debate. Candidates from five political parties pitched to members of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce at a ‘hustings’ event ahead of the General Election on 7 May.  The debate was also joined by the presidents of Bradford and Leeds Chambers, both part of

Written on 30th April 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News