News Archives

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

Economic Forum – Manufacturing

The above event is being hosted by Insider business magazine, and bookings are still being taken. Speakers include Bradford Chamber’s Vice-President Nick Garthwaite and the Council Chief Executive Kersten England. The future of manufacturing in the area will be discussed, along with how changing technology continues to affect economic prospects. When: 8-9.30am, Thurs 22 Oct Where: Cedar Court Hotel, Rooley

Written on 15th October 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Manufacturing, News

Science Fest Fringe aims to attract young

The British Science Festival Fringe 2015 is designed to engage and inspire school and college students, young adults and families. It takes place from 11 – 18 September with fun, educational, and exciting events happening all over Bradford. The Fringe takes place immediately after the full British Science Festival hosted by University of Bradford from 7 – 10 September. The Festival is a

Written on 9th September 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Manufacturing, News

Plans exhibited for former PO site

Businesses are invited to see the plans to redevelop at the former Royal Mail sorting office. A public exhibition takes place over two days at Forster Square Retail Park on Valley Road (in the car park) to view British Land’s proposals for a new leisure destination for the city centre.  There has been much speculation on would happen with this site

Written on 2nd September 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, News, news story 2

Policy group brings in new blood

Bradford Chamber Council is looking forward to its first meeting later this month under the stewardship of its new President, Andy Caton. Andy took over from Paul Mackie in July, when five new representatives were also brought into the fold. The new-look Chamber Council meets next on 29 September, when the incoming representatives will be introduced to the rest of

Written on 12th August 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Lobbying, News, News story 4

Devolution debate: Chamber speaks out

Bradford Chamber contributed to the ongoing debate on devolution today (Fri 31 Jul), with comments provided to the Telegraph & Argus. The T&A has just completed a five-day series of articles on how or whether devolution would help the local economy. Today’s newspaper quotes President Andy Caton as saying that any powers granted to raise and retain taxes locally needs to be

Written on 31st July 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Lobbying, News, Press Log

Sunbridge Road PO closure (temporary)

For those businesses that still need a post office from time to time (yes, we know that there are some of you out there!), the one on Sunbridge Road is due to close temporarily for refurbishment work. Dates have not yet been confirmed for the work, but posters will be displayed in the branch in advance of the inconvenience.  Businesses

Written on 24th July 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in News