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Chamber of commerce reveals top new policy makers

Graham Sweeney, Operation Director, joins four other senior business people on the Bradford Chamber of Commerce's main policy-making body.

New council members include retail chiefs Sue Anderson-Brown, manager of the new Broadway Centre, and Kirkgate Centre boss Catherine Riley.
Other new council members joining Graham are Jane Vincent, of recruitment agency Candelisa People and Rob Lawson, of Provident Financial Group.

The chamber council, which meets monthly, develops policy on key business issues, is consulted by Bradford Council on various schemes and projects, maintains a dialogue with the Bank of England through its regional agent and helps drive policy positions within the British Chambers of Commerce network.

New chamber president Andy Caton, who is Yorkshire Building Society’s chief treasury and corporate affairs officer, said:“I’m looking forward to helping support and lead the business community over the next two years. Confidence is coming back to Bradford and there’s lots of good work going on but we need to ensure that the business voice continues to be heard.

"Chamber Council is just one of a number of methods by which we tap into the business mood in order to help inform and persuade decision-makers like MPs, senior councillors and the Bank of England. Our surveys, policy committees and networking groups also pick up crucial information that ensures that the Chamber is the ‘go to’ group for connecting, supporting and representing businesses.”