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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

Unemployment falling

Unemployment in Bradford is continuing to fall, according to new figures. Numbers claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance are at their lowest since 2008.  Around 9,000 are claiming unemployment benefit, which is a fall of 25% on a year previous, say Jobcentre Plus. Unemployment rate for the Bradford District  is now 2.7%, compared with 2.0% regionally, and 1.5% nationally. Read more on the Council

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

Spending Review: Chamber Reaction

A summary of the highlights of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement can be found here.  Reaction from the Chamber President is below. An alternative document breaks the announcements down into categories here. Bradford Chamber President, Andy Caton, said: “A major house-building programme is something that will be welcomed within Bradford, with its fast-growing young population, although that has to be matched locally

Written on 26th November 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Lobbying

Bradford Annual Dinner Report

Both main speakers at this year’s annual dinner in Bradford proclaimed how the city and one of, if not the most important employer to the District is turning itself around. Bradford Chamber President Andy Caton, of Yorkshire Building Society, said that Bradford had an opportunity to renew itself but it remained with government to help move it from aspiration to

Written on 23rd November 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in News, News story 3, Press Log