The Benchmarking tool allows for organisations to measure their social impact in 4 key areas: Education, Economy, Environment, and Community. Your responses will be presented in an easy-to-understand visual manner. It’s important to be honest, once your visual has been generated, you’ll then be able to compare your results against other companies.


Creating Connections

Creating connections is a great way for you to being working on your social impact. This function will allow you to promote your activities to the Chambers network of contacts. Not-for-profits, charities or individuals aiming to promote a good cause can request help from these businesses by emailing connection opportunities or requests to


Awards and Reward

Annually, the Raising the Bar Awards is the highlight of the business calendar. This is our way of rewarding you for your hard work; making social impact happen. We want to see you making real change in your local area by: taking part in charity work, supporting and investing in the community, or partnering with other members working on similar projects.



Share your stories with Chamber members and the wider business community with articles published on the members website, with potential inclusion in the Chamber quarterly magazine. Anything from successfully completed programs or updates on a project your working on, we want to promote and share your work.


Social Impact Stories

How your business can support St Gemma’s Hospice

St Gemma’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses. Care is based on a simple idea – that the person is more than the illness. Each of us – sick or well – has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. St Gemma’s responds to these needs in ways which place…

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Day One Trauma Support Networking Event

Fancy a morning of conversation, croissants and cars? Join us for a relaxed business networking event, organised by Day One Trauma Support and kindly hosted by fellow chamber members Vertu Jaguar Land Rover, Leeds. Hear from inspirational volunteers and survivors of major trauma Sam and Henry about their incredible road to recovery. Sam and Henry,…

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Work with us to create opportunities for autistic people who are keen to work and will be an asset to your business!

We are passionate about increasing opportunities for local autistic people and feel that employers could be missing out on some talented and enthusiastic workers. Our Bradford Supported Employment service supports autistic people into employment and helps employers to create an environment where autistic people can work effectively by providing free Job Coaching support. In difficult…

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Social Impact for Business

Raising the Bar is a Chamber-run business initiative. Our focus is to help develop, implement, and sustain social impact programs in our regional area. The West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce aims to bring our members together, to partner up and go above and beyond to serve the community you operate in. Whether this is done through fund raising, donations or employee volunteering opportunities, we want to see the change you’re making.

Why hiring refugees is good for business

Wednesday 27th March, 10am – 4pm Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford, BD7 1DP Bradford City of Sanctuary and the University…

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York’s fostering team joins York Residents’ Festival

City of York Council’s Fostering Team will be on hand at York Residents’ Festival on Saturday to chat to residents…

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Local partnerships help York students build their future in construction

Students in York have been learning about careers in the construction industry this month, gaining valuable real-world experience of a…

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Survey of all York’s council homes begins ahead of developing investment plans

City of York Council is about to start looking at every single one of its council homes through a stock…

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Bulls announce Paul Gill as guest of honour

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce Paul Gill – a familiar name to Leeds Rhinos and Rugby League in Bradford…

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Over 90% of two year olds take up childcare places in York

Over 90% of two-year-olds eligible for government-funded childcare took up their place at a nursery or childminder in York last…

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