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

We are delighted to announce that the annual Wharfedale Ton will be returning for its 8th year on Friday 28 June

What is the Ton? The Ton is a charity challenge taking on a 100 mile ride in one day, routed through the fantastic Yorkshire countryside. Organised by law firm partner at Gordons LLP, Philip Paget, the event attracts up to 300 cyclists from local businesses and has raised nearly £80,000 since its launch in 2016,…

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Leeds Digital Careers Fair (LDCF24)

As Leeds digital economy grows, so too does Leeds Digital Careers Fair (LDCF24) 2024.  Once again taking place during the main Leeds Digital Festival, this not-for-profit event focuses on inspiring individuals who are not currently working in the digital or tech industry to explore diverse career paths and training courses available within the growing digital…

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A series of workshops addressing alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace – The Howarth Foundation

Due to the Easter break and by popular demand, the Howarth Foundation have had to schedule more dates for their below seminar. Business Stands for More –  A series of workshops addressing alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace One in 10 business owners say they’ve had an employee show up for work under the…

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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.

New advertising rules to support children’s health

City of York Council is proposing to introduce new advertising rules across York to support children and families with healthy…

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Bradford Bulls Foundation empowers local community clubs and the development of rugby

The Bradford Bulls Foundation continues its mission to revolutionise the landscape of rugby league development, proudly welcoming 19 local Community…

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One In A Million charity launches CHANGE campaign

One In A Million charity is delighted to have been chosen as Mark Cowgill Bradford Chamber of Commerce president’s chosen…

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St Gemma’s Hospice to stage innovative fundraising appeal

The precious time appeal will see donors get their support instantly doubled On Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, St…

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Candlelighters receive donation of 50 Easter eggs from local housebuilder

Local housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has donated Easter eggs to children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters, after hosting a 24-hour Easter…

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New Yorkshire Building Society mortgage helps first-time buyers get on the housing ladder earlier, for just £5k

Yorkshire Building Society is today launching its new and innovative £5k Deposit Mortgage to help tackle one of the biggest…

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