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Tong Street congestion views sought

Businesses’ views are being sought about their experiences of using Tong Street in Bradford. The south-east Bradford highway is renowned for congestion and a scheme is being developed to help reduce the problem.  A £13m improvement scheme along the one-mile section from Knowles Lane to Westgate Hill includes increasing capacity and improving accessibility. Businesses are invited to tell us, Bradford

Written on 4th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News

Architect has designs on property sector

Allan Booth (centre) with new vice-chair Marianne McCallum

Bradford Property Forum has a new chairman.  Allan Booth of Rance Booth Smith architects has taken over the running of the networking and lobby group from Chartback Developments’ Steve McManus.  Allan will lead the group for the next two years, taking charge of networking events, steering group meetings and co-ordinating the overall direction of the business group.  The Property Forum

Written on 14th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Environment, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News

Development levy plan to be dropped

The planned levy on development that supporters claimed would help to fund infrastructure should be waived for house-building schemes in Bradford a planning inspector has ruled. The move would help to regenerate brownfield sites in both places, the Government inspector said, even though Council estimates show it could cost the district more than £10 million in unrealised cash for roads, schools

Written on 8th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News

New Chair for Professionals’ Network

Roger takes the reins at BPN

One of Bradford’s main business networks has a new figurehead. Roger Thompson of BHP Clough & Company Chartered Accountants has succeeded Yorkshire Bank’s Andy Davidson as Chairman of Bradford Professionals’ Network. Andy had held the post for one year but has passed on the reins due to taking up a new post in the bank’s Leeds headquarters.  Roger takes over

Written on 2nd February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in News

Bradford Council budget cut consultation

Views are invited from businesses on Bradford Council’s planned budget cuts for 2017-19. Over the last six years, the Council has had to find £250m in savings and increased income due to central government funding cuts and rising demand for services.  In 2020, its net budget will be around half of what it was ten years previous. In previous years,

Written on 2nd February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Finance, Lobbying, News

Wheel-y important stuff

Plans are in motion to improve all aspects of cycling in Bradford. An event took place in January 2017 to highlight some of the activities planned and proposals for improvements, or to take advantage of other related developments. A ‘Cycling Summit’ in City Hall described 2017 as a “pivotal year for cycling Bradford.”  Councillors and senior officers attended to hear

Written on 27th January 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, News

Are you a foster-friendly employer?

Bradford Council is gathering information on ‘fostering friendly employers.’ Please consider the points below and respond direct via the contact details if you are able to help with this exercise. Are you a fostering friendly employer? Do you have a fostering friendly staff handbook and/or company policy? Do you give staff time off to train? Do you give staff additional time

Written on 23rd January 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News

Council Leader speaks to policy group

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe spoke to the Chamber’s Leadership Group in November 2016. The Windhill & Wrose representative had previously had several meetings and conversations with Chamber Chief Executive Sandy Needham, but this was the first time members had the opportunity to put questions direct to the Leader.  Cllr Hinchcliffe, who has held the top post since last May,

Written on 1st December 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News, Skills

Get a sneak preview of Sunbridge Wells

Bradford’s new retail scheme opens its doors to the public on 10 December – but businesses can get a sneak preview the evening before. Sunbridge Wells in the heart of Bradford is inviting businesses to a ‘soft launch’ on the evening of 9 December. To request tickets for the special occasion, either visit the website to email the developer, or

Written on 29th November 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News