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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

Chamber investment incentive Budget plea

Bradford Chamber of Commerce is backing the national Chamber body’s Budget appeal ahead of 18 March, but is not holding its breath for great things to happen. The Chamber says that, with a General Election so close and so much uncertainty around the result, plus government finances remaining so tight, it is best not to pin hopes on ‘big’ announcements. The

Written on 17th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Planned cuts successfully opposed

  Bradford Chamber has lobbied successfully to oppose some of the Council’s budget cuts. Acknowledging that some difficult decisions had to be made due to central government demands for cuts, the Chamber nevertheless had to oppose several of the cuts due to their likely impact on business support, inward investment and economic development.  The response also noted that city centre

Written on 10th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Monthly Economic Review

The 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 6th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, Economy, Lobbying

New blood for policy group

Bradford Chamber’s Local Affairs Committee has a new chairman, plus new members. Justin Robinson of Hayfield Robinson, who has chaired the group for the last six years, has made way for TL Dallas’ Mike Martin.  The group, which meets quarterly, supports the main policy-making body, Chamber Council with consultation responses, receiving presentations and updates in areas affecting local business, and

Written on 5th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Businesses grill Labour No.2

Senior Labour figure Ed Balls has been lobbied by Bradford manufacturers following the party’s policies being scrutinised for lack of business empathy. The Morley & Outwood MP, and likely Chancellor if Labour wins the upcoming election, visited Silsden-based Advanced Actuators and discussed policy issues with a small group of local businesses.  Chris Woodhead of the exporting and award-winning engineering company

Written on 25th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Employment, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News

Bank updates Chamber Council

Bradford businesses were told recently financial markets now believe that interest rates are likely to stay on hold until well into 2016. The Bank’s lower forecast for inflation had come about due to a number of things, notably falling food and oil prices recently. There is a risk of inflation falling further later this year, they were told. The Bank

Written on 5th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying

Bradford Property Forum hears from West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Two senior West Yorkshire councillors charged with improving connectivity spoke to business in Bradford recently. West Yorkshire Combined Authority representatives Peter Box and James Lewis addressed Bradford Property Forum at an event sponsored by Bradford College.  Devolution and transport improvements across West Yorkshire were the twin themes.  Cllr Box said that greater partnership working and a move away from parochialism

Written on 5th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying

Chamber conference to stage pre-election debate

 BCC Annual Conference: 10th February 2015 QEII Conference Centre, London Speaker line-up including senior cabinet ministers, Ed Balls, William Hague and Sir Clive Woodward OBE To register for a free press pass please contact the press team on 020 7654 5813 / 5817 or register via the website. The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference brings together senior politicians and

Written on 16th January 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News