Features are in-depth articles on a business subjects, written by someone with experience and expertise in their field.

The subjects are usually based on the magazine themes for the upcoming year, however, we do publish features on other subject too.

Features are written, commissioned or provided by Chamber members.

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Set your business up for growth

By Leeds Beckett University | 6 December 2021

Set your business up for growth with a Government-funded university partnership. Are you and your organisation looking to increase productivity, create strategies to build resilience or improve your business processes to gear up for growth? Leeds Beckett University is leading Government-funded Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (mKTPs) – projects which run from 12 months to three…

Leading the way in artificial intelligence safety

By University of York | 6 December 2021

The potential for automation and autonomous technologies is huge. Autonomous vehicles will radically change global transport systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are already being used to address challenges from healthcare to energy management. But there are many more uses – as the application of autonomous systems stretches across most economic sectors from manufacturing to…

Recruiting flexi-job apprentices

By Esh Construction | 3 December 2021

Esh Construction partners with Efficiency North to recruit flexi-job apprentices. Seven new apprentices are settling into their new roles within Esh Construction after being recruited via the award-winning Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Service provided by EN:Able Futures. Bricklayers, joiners, and a trainee site manager are among the new starters who have been welcomed across Esh’s affordable housing…

Innovate & communicate

By Nexus Leeds Ltd | 3 December 2021

Innovation communities are more important than ever says Dr Martin Stow, Director of University of Leeds’ innovation hub Nexus Innovation has become ever more critical to unlocking post-pandemic growth for our region and tech-enabled hubs and business communities, which are specifically designed to foster innovation and connectivity, have a vital role to play. Attracting the…

Female manufacturing leaders inspire pupils

By Yorkshire Business Editor | 1 December 2021

Bradford’s female manufacturing leaders headlined a panel event to inspire school pupils as part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2021. The district’s female manufacturing role models from some of Bradford’s most established blue-chip manufacturers, took questions from Bradford Girls’ Grammar School pupils during the fortnight of in person and online manufacturing events. The women, who have…

Teamwork drives success

By Transdev Blazefield | 30 September 2021

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby says partnerships and people can build buses back better for Yorkshire. At Transdev, we know how to win new customers to switch to our buses. Take our flagship 36: Riding Refined service linking Harrogate with Leeds and Ripon – in 2019 just over two million people did just that, a 21…

How can we work together to tackle the digital divide?

By CityFibre Holdings Ltd | 29 September 2021

With lots of everyday services moving online, from healthcare to shopping, access to technology is becoming vital to our day-to-day lives. But some in society face major challenges when trying to access the world online. In the UK it’s estimated that 16.3 million adults lack core digital skills, and 1.9 million homes have no access…

Green growth

By University of York | 29 September 2021

Devolution paves the way for a pioneering green revolution to kick-start the region’s post-Covid economy The proposed devolution plans for York and North Yorkshire provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for green, inclusive economic growth – with BioYorkshire at the heart of the deal. Led by the University of York in partnership with Askham…

Reducing CO2 emissions

By TransPennine Express Limited | 28 September 2021

TransPennine Express has already reduced CO2 emissions by almost 20 per cent in recent years and now vows to do even more TransPennine Express (TPE) has now made a public commitment to significantly step up its plans to help address climate change and reduce its carbon footprint to net-zero. The train company, which runs services…

Business banking for Yorkshire

By Virgin Money | 28 September 2021

Head of Regional Banking (Yorkshire), John Bullock, explores the Virgin Money business banking offering in Yorkshire Commitment to our Customers This year we have launched Virgin Money Business which will bring together the expertise and experience of our three heritages of Yorkshire Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Virgin Money under a single brand. In Yorkshire, we…