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HS2 gets thumbs-down from Bradford businesses

Bradford businesses remain largely sceptical about the benefits of the proposed high-speed rail link between London and the North. A survey by Bradford Chamber of Commerce conducted last month reveals that only a quarter (27%) of respondents feel that there is a good case for building HS2; more than half (58%) said that there was not a good case for

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

Economic Survey Results

More signs of improvements to the local economy are coming through, although the pace is still steady.  That’s the message from Bradford Chamber of Commerce, following the results of its latest economic survey. Some companies are now seeing more sales and orders coming through, although that has yet to translate itself into increased confidence, at least for now.  There are

Written on 13th January 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Survey

Pay Poll 2014

Each year, we gather views from business on their plans for staff wage levels. This poll has just three questions, but the information you provide is really helpful, especially in our regular conversations with the Bank of England. Please click here to take part. Thank you for continuing to support Bradford Chamber’s lobbying and representation activities.

Written on 20th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Survey

New Odeon site scheme unveiled by Bradford Property Forum

Bradford Property Forum’s pre-Christmas social gathering included a preview of schemes proposed for the former Odeon site. The two current ideas familiar to most – live music venues, of different sizes, accompanied by an assortment of other facilities – were accompanied by a new proposal for a swimming pool and sports centre on the site.  The latter concept was brought

Written on 20th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Annual Priorities Survey

Bradford Chamber’s Annual Priorities survey is underway. Each year, we ask members what one major local and national issue they would like to see change in order to help their business perform better. This 5-question, 5-minute survey supports next year’s lobbying activities and adds more relevant information to the Chamber’s knowledge base of its membership. While hard copy questionnaires will

Written on 17th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News, Survey

Bradford Chamber President welcomes news from Westfield

Bradford Chamber President Paul Mackie has responded to the news that Westfield will recommence work on the Bradford site next week: “Bradford Chamber welcomes the news that Westfield are to return onto the site on Monday 25 November 2013. Whilst this may be seen as a ‘long time coming’ through Bradford Chamber’s continued dialogue with key decision makers at Westfield,

Written on 6th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News

Autumn Statement: Our Reaction

Paul Mackie, President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said of today’s Autumn Statement: “There wasn’t much new that hadn’t already been trailed in recent days, I’m afraid. That’s disappointing, of course, but perhaps not too surprising. Having said that, we do welcome those announcements that will be of benefit to businesses in Bradford: the removal of NICs for 16-21 year olds;

Written on 6th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News

HS2 survey: easy-to-complete

We are canvassing business opinions about the plans to build a high-speed rail link between London and the North, and would appreciate your views. The 10 yes/no questions will take a mere 2-3 minutes to complete (honest!). Having your feedback is essential to making sure we represent your views adequately. Take the survey here.

Written on 6th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Rate reform call ahead of Autumn Statement

Bradford Chamber is backing the call from the national Chamber of Commerce body for a radical reform of business rates in the Autumn Statement next week. The British Chambers of Commerce, earlier this month, urged the Chancellor to review the current system, beginning with a two-year freeze, when he stands up in Parliament on 5 December. Although the call is

Written on 4th December 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News

Economic survey

Fieldwork for the latest economic survey is underway – please help us gather this important information so that we represent Bradford businesses accurately and comprehensively. (Bradford Chamber is consistently in the top five responders nationally in the Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey – thanks for your continued support.)

Written on 6th November 2013Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Lobbying, News