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Progress of HS2 Bill welcomed

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Leeds Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the passing of part of the HS2 parliamentary bill (23 Feb). Phase 1 of the process, allowing the London – Birmingham section to commence, has received royal assent in Parliament, giving reassurance that work can commence.  Construction will now begin on schedule in the spring. Today also saw the launch of schemes totalling £70

Written on 24th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Construction, Media, News, Policy & lobbying, Transport

President’s Annual Lunch speech (abridged)

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Businesses in Leeds have been told to remain positive and that the local economy is still strong, despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit. President, Gerald Jennings, told the Leeds Chamber of Commerce annual lunch attendees that, as long as the focus for business leaders and politicians is on building a strong, dynamic economy, that the city and wider region will

Written on 4th August 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, News, Policy & lobbying

New faces join Leadership Group

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Leeds’ leading business support group has some new faces on its main policy-making body. The city’s Chamber of Commerce elected new business representatives onto its Leadership Group at its annual election meeting earlier this month. The group meets bi-monthly to focus on business needs and concerns in the city, and how to lobby for improvements. Other partners such as the

Written on 29th July 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Chamber News, Members news, News, Policy & lobbying

Chamber responds to cancellation of NGT

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Following the announcement that the proposed trolley bus will no longer be going ahead, Leeds Chamber president, Gerald Jennings responded by saying: “It is disappointing that after a further decade in the planning Leeds continues to remain the only major UK city without any kind of mass transit system. We would urge the government to maintain its commitment to Leeds

Written on 12th May 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Chamber News, News, Policy & lobbying, Transport

Softening in economic growth

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Manufacturers reported a further slowing in the pace of domestic sales in the first three months of 2016, continuing the trend which began twelve months ago. Manufacturing exports grew on the previous quarter, probably helped by sharp falls in sterling and whilst welcome we must be conscious that UK current account is in significant deficit. The impact of well reported

Written on 11th May 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Manufacturing, News, Policy & lobbying

Chamber EU Debate Review

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Businesses in West & North Yorkshire heard compelling arguments on both sides of the European Union referendum debate recently. The region’s Chamber of Commerce staged an event for members to listen to campaigners ahead of next month’s poll on whether or not the UK should stay part of the EU.  Despite a strong performance by all the panellists, none of

Written on 3rd May 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Chamber News, News, Policy & lobbying

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey – UK economic growth softened further in Q1 2016

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey – Britain’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey, based on over 8,500 responses from firms in Q1 2016 – suggests that growth in the UK economy continued to soften in the first quarter, with most key survey indicators either static or decreasing. Several key indicators for the services sector

Written on 11th April 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, News, Policy & lobbying

EU: In Or Out? Join the Debate

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Campaigners in the EU Referendum are to be grilled by businesses at a Chamber of Commerce event. Members of West & North Yorkshire Chamber will meet on 28th April to hear both the business and political arguments, for and against the UK’s continued membership of the European Union.   Polls are finely poised on the issue, although a British Chambers of

Written on 17th March 2016Kalpna Mistry. Published in Exporting, Legal, News, News4, Policy & lobbying

Please take our survey to improve the economy

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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

Spending Review: Chamber Reaction

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A summary of the highlights of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement can be found here.  Reaction from the Chamber President are below. An alternative document breaks the announcements down into categories here. Leeds President Gerald Jennings said: “I’m sure the local authority is looking forward to retaining all business rates collected – we’ll be working closely with them on this, as

Written on 26th November 2015Kalpna Mistry. Published in Chamber News, News, News1, Policy & lobbying