Welcome to your January Chamber newsletter,

I hope you and your teams are well and are able to stay positive during these difficult times. The Chancellor’s recent announcement of one-off grants for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors is welcome but we believe it isn’t enough.

We recognise that all businesses across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield have been operating under some of the tightest restrictions for the past ten months and are suffering as a result. Together with the British Chambers of Commerce we are continuing to lobby the Government to set out a clear support package for the whole of 2021 - not just until the Spring.

I am delighted to share that through our MYKickstart programme, 68 job placements have been approved from 21 employers across our region. This is fantastic news as these businesses can now access vital Government funding, all while helping a young person onto the career ladder in these increasingly challenging times. If you would like to register for the programme or find out some more information, please visit

EU-UK arrangements 
Following recent changes to the UK-EU trade and cooperation arrangements, it is vital that organisations dealing with the EU are up to speed on the new rules. Click here for an analysis of the new arrangements and please get in touch with our MY Export Hub team if you have any concerns or queries.
As we endure this third lockdown, please remember that your Chamber is here for you through these challenging times and beyond. Please make use of our events and networking sessions, as well as our many support benefits including export services, healthcare packages, tax and legal support, and much more. Don’t forget that our team is reachable on should you have any queries.
I look forward to speaking to you all this month as we navigate the new year together.

Martin Hathaway
Managing Director
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce 

To support even more businesses in these uncertain times, we have extended our subsidised memberships offer until 28 February 2021. This offer is available for new member organisations, across the districts of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, with 50 or fewer employees. This offer is also available on MY Export Hub and Patronage packages.

With a reduction of up to 75% in fees, businesses can join the Chamber from just £55 and take advantage of 12 months’ worth of membership benefits.

Find out more and check your eligibility >>
News from our members and Patrons...
University of Huddersfield launches new Leadership Centre
The Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre, based in Huddersfield, will provide practical leadership development to support aspiring and senior leaders in the region.
Stafflex announces raft of new manager promotions
The four senior promotions come following a string of new client acquisitions and a recent £130,000 refurbishment investment at its current Chapel Hill site last September.
Schofield Sweeney strengthens team with multiple promotions
The law firm has made two promotions to partner and four promotions to associate, as well as welcoming a new solicitor to the private wealth and succession team.
Thornton & Ross receives multiple shortlistings in industry awards
15 products manufactured by Huddersfield-based Thornton & Ross, part of the STADA Group, have been shortlisted in the annual Pharmacy Product of the Year Awards.  
Beanie Media completes relaunch of IT services provider's site
The relaunch for Core Team One is just one of many recent projects for Beanie Media, who are seeing significant increases in clients looking to strengthen their online presence.
Yorkshire education innovator receives global award
Tagtiv8 has been named on internationally renowned education non-profit, HundrED’s list of 100 most impactful innovations in primary education from around the world.
All member and Patron news >>
Start the new year off right with our updated virtual events calendar. From networking and advice sessions from local business leaders, to British Chambers accredited export courses, there's something for everyone. If there's something you'd like to see more of, or would like to discuss partnering on an event, please get in touch via
All upcoming events >>
Mid Yorkshire Chamber networking
Thursday 21 January 

Join us this month for the first in our new monthly networking sessions. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow Chamber members and gain some valuable new contacts. 
Register now >>
60 Useful Minutes- Branding with Breaking Free Design
Wednesday 27 January

This month's 60 Useful Minutes session will focus on the importance of branding with experts Breaking Free Design. This is also a chance to grow your network and meet other like-minded businesses. 
Register now >>
Back to Basics - Communication Bitesize Workshop
Monday 1 February 

Join Combined Minds for a bitesize workshop as part of the Back to Basics series. This session will cover the importance of internal communication and provide businesses with practical advice to help improve communication. 
Register now >>

MY Export Hub update:

Certificates of Origin (COO):
  • EC (European Community) has now been replaced by UK COO from 1 January 2021
  • EC EUR1 movement certificate – this has now been replaced by UK EUR1
Please note that we are no longer able to issue the following export documentation:
  • ATR certificate for Tukey (invoice declaration is now required)
The E-cert platform has been updated with the new documentation. Customers are also required to provide invoice declaration for exporting after 1 January 2021. We have sent new UK COOs to customers who use pre-signed forms, if you require any, please email us at 

If you have any queries or would like some further information please visit:

Member offer of the month: 

If the Covid-19 lockdown has taught us anything, it's that we need to adapt to new ways of working and embrace change. But there is no reason why we can't turn this situation into a positive and improve our service, products or standards at the same time. 

For this month only, Combined Minds is offering a 20% discount on its coaching and mentoring programme for Chamber members.
Combined Minds is a continuous improvement consultancy, aiming to help businesses to implement operating structures and improve their standards. They believe that continuous improvement shouldn't be expensive, complicated, laborious or full of confusing jargon. Click the button below to find out more: 
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