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University Chancellor takes up post

A new Chancellor has taken over at Bradford University. Kate Swann was appointed last year and assumes her official duties today. The former WH Smith chief executive aims to enhance the institution’s international reputation. Kate succeeds former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan. Read more on the T&A here.

Written on 25th February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in News

Sweet Centre trading again after mill fire

Businesses on Lumb Lane are urging Bradfordians to return to the area following the recent devastating mill fire. Led by Chamber member, the Sweet Centre restaurant, businesses are now appealing to their customers to come back.  The 15 businesses in the area have been working with Bradford Council to clean up the street, which still needs further repairs, including to

Written on 18th February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Members News, News

Shipley College benefits from LEP Growth Deal

The first project funded by the Leeds City Region Growth Deal has completed works to refurbish a college building in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire, improving learning facilities for local people. Shipley College successfully completed a £388,000 project to refurbish the Mill Building, which was made possible by a £119,000 grant from the LEP and West Yorkshire Combined

Written on 17th February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, LEP, News, News story 4, Skills

Jobless figures falling in Bradford

Unemployment in Bradford has reached an eight-year low, dropping below 9,000, official statistics have revealed. The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December was 314, the lowest since 2007. The unemployment rate for Bradford is now 2.6%, compared to 2.0% regionally and 1.5% nationally. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that, nationally, unemployment has fell by 239,000 last year. Employment has

Written on 2nd February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News, News story 3

Celebrating business success

LOCAL business success is to be celebrated once again at the annual Bradford Means Business Awards. Companies from across the District have their chance to gain some increased profile and publicity from the awards, which are organised jointly by the Telegraph & Argus, Bradford Chamber of Commerce and Bradford Council. The awards are now open for entries, with winners revealed at a ceremony on Saturday 11 June.

Written on 2nd February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Awards, Current Issues, News, News story 1

Tax office move challenged

Bradford Chamber has asked the Chancellor, George Osborne, to reconsider plans to create a new regional tax office in Leeds. Plans were announced in November by the HMRC to close several local sites and build larger offices that would serve regions instead.  Bradford and Shipley has more than 2,000 people currently working in HMRC. The Chamber has been working with the

Written on 4th January 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News

Former college could be demolished

The former Keighley College building, stood empty since 2010 when a new location near the train station was complete, could be demolished if no buyer comes forward next year. Bradford Council, which owns the site, says that no offers of interest have been received despite a marketing of the building, and so all other options have now to be considered.

Written on 18th December 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in News

Kirkgate Centre has new owner

Bradford’s Kirkgate Centre has a new owner, which the site manager says instils even more confidence in the city’s future prospects. The 350,000 sq ft centre in Darley Street has been sold by its previous private Irish owners to private equity group HIG Capital, along with another shopping centre in Newbury, for a reported combined price of about £60 million.

Written on 18th December 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, News