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Sector reps sought for Local Affairs Committee

Bradford Chamber is looking to recruit new members to one of its key policy-making groups. The Local Affairs Committee considers proposals and plans from a Bradford or regional perspective that are likely to affect Bradford businesses, making recommendations on possible courses of action to the main group, Chamber Council.  These initiatives often come from the local authority, but the group

Written on 9th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Transport rep sought for Bradford

A business representative is sought to speak up for Bradford on transport issues. While no direct link with working in the sector is necessary, candidates need to be interested in local and regional transport issues, in particular how they affect business. A West & North Yorkshire-wide transport group would meet approximately quarterly and be chaired by Alec Shelbrooke MP, who

Written on 9th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Business Manifesto warns politicians ahead of election

The British Chambers of Commerce has published its ‘Business Manifesto’ in advance of next year’s General Election. The manifesto highlights what the next government needs to focus on to get the backing of businesses across the country, including those in Bradford.  The document underlines seven themes it says can help Britain to become a “more confident, more enterprising and more

Written on 9th September 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Economy, Lobbying, News

Chambers voice in Downing Street

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce was represented at a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer this week. George Osborne hosted a meeting at 11 Downing Street with a dozen fast-growing firms from across Britain. The discussion focused on practical ways to boost exports, business investment, and growth. Led by British Chambers of Commerce Director General John Longworth

Written on 3rd July 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Annual Priorities Survey: Findings

Businesses across Bradford are increasingly concerned with local traffic congestion, according to our annual survey on business priorities. The importance of tackling this key issue is underlined as more businesses than last year pointed to congestion earlier this year when the fieldwork was undertaken. Businesses feel that there has been some progress in addressing two of the top issues regularly

Written on 20th May 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Survey

‘HS2 Plus’ – Higgins responds to Bradford concerns

The Chairman of the HS2 Board has reacted to Chamber concerns over the proposed dedicated high-speed rail line between London and the North of England. Following the Chamber’s survey earlier this year, members’ criticisms of the scheme (cost, lack of connectivity, making it work for Bradford) were highlighted by the President, Paul Mackie, when Sir David Higgins and his Board

Written on 15th May 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying, News

Skills issues flagged up

Bradford Chamber has contributed to the national call for more work to be done to fix the skills deficit facing the UK. The British Chambers of Commerce has recently launched a Skills & Employment Manifesto, which includes recommendations for training young adults and to change the education system.  A BCC policy adviser last month attended Chamber Council, then also met

Written on 18th February 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News