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Apprenticeship reforms: how will they affect you?

Learn about the planned reforms of apprenticeships at this online discussion

Babington Group is hosting a webinar covering upcoming changes to apprenticeship programmes. The event aims to help employers understand better how the changes will affect their organisation. The webinar is on 29 June at 2pm, but the sign-up page also gives registrants the option to receive a recording afterwards. The webinar will be presented by Babington’s Policy Director Dr. Gareth Thomas, who has many years

Written on 16th June 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members news, News, News2

Flood Appeal receives government match funding


Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), who set up the Leeds Flood Appeal in response to the Boxing Day floods, has received confirmation that the government will match their current raised funds £ for £.  To date, the Leeds Flood Appeal has raised an impressive £157,000 from generous donations from the public and local businesses across the country. With the newly announced

Written on 4th April 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Finance, News2, Property

Please take our survey to improve the economy


Fieldwork is now underway for the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey. We ask that you spare a few minutes to tell us about your current business conditions and help the Chamber’s lobbying activity. 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

Written on 22nd February 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Exporting, News, News2, Policy & lobbying

South Bank discussion at Forum


Plans for the South Bank will be discussed at Leeds Property Forum later this month (February). Covering more than 130 hectares in a unique city centre location between the River Aire and the M621 motorway, Leeds South Bank represents one of the largest, most ambitious opportunities for city centre regeneration and growth anywhere in Europe. The arrival of High Speed Rail

Written on 2nd February 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Construction, News, News2, Property

Journalist, John Sergeant is Chamber guest speaker


John Sergeant will be guest speaker at this year’s Leeds Dinner on Thursday 28th January 2016. John Sergeant: John is a successful author, freelance journalist, speaker and awards host. His 20 year career as a senior political correspondent at Westminster bestowed upon him an in-depth understanding of our political world and an unmatched ability to convey his acumen and insight

Written on 3rd December 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in News2

You can influence business policy

workforce changes last quarter

Please take three minutes to complete the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey. Take the survey here. Did you know that your answers to this survey in previous quarters have directly helped to influence local policy makers and support the provision of meaningful activity to support business, including: UTC Leeds, a new school focusing on engineering & manufacturing, opening September 2016 Introduction

Written on 9th November 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in News, News2

Surge in retail should boost economic growth

The Light Leeds interior

Retail sales volumes in September 2015 are up 1.9% on the month and up 6.5% on the year. Average store prices fell by 3.6% in September 2015, compared with September 2014.  Commenting on the retail sales figures for September 2015, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Retail sales surged in September following several months of

Written on 29th October 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in BCC, News2, Retail

Economic survey shows growth

export service sales

Growth within the region’s economy continues into Q3 despite tougher trading conditions, says West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s latest economic survey results present a two speed economy this quarter. DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT FOR Q3 HERE The service sector continues to grow at pace, reporting increasing headcounts and solid domestic and export sales, although the pace

Written on 9th October 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in Chamber News, Manufacturing, News, News2

What’s happening with the Leeds UTC?

UTC Leeds front view manufacturing

If you want to know the latest from the Leeds University Technical Colleg (UTC) you can sign up to their newsletter or visit the website. Read the latest news from Leeds UTC here. Further information about the UTC can be seen by visiting the website: If you have any questions or concerns about the development, please email us at:

Written on 30th June 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Manufacturing, News2, Policy & lobbying, Skills