Almost 300 business people and local decision-makers came together at Bradford Chamber’s 2016 annual dinner (18 Nov).
The guest speaker was the co-owner of Bradford City Football Club, Edin Rahic, who took over with his business partner Stefan Rupp last summer. The Yugoslavian-born businessman did a ‘double act’ with the club’s chief operating officer, James Mason. The Bantams are currently flying high in League One, helping to feed the optimism of businesses at the event. That anticipation of good things to come from the football club was complemented by Andy Caton’s address to the audience.
The Chamber President’s speech reflected upon the positive changes in the city and District over the last couple of years, noting the opportunities (and hurdles) yet to come as businesses and the country still face uncertain times due to national and global political changes and economic turbulence. He noted how Bradford and Leeds were now working closer together than ever before, in a spirit of co-operation instead of competition. Transport, devolution and Brexit all featured heavily in the speech.
The evening’s proceedings were brought to a conclusion by writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli’s reflections on life, while £2,200 was raised for the Chamber’s new charity, the Schools Linking Network.
The President also paid tribute to Chris Holland, Business Editor at the Telegraph & Argus, who retired from the newspaper the week after the dinner. Chris completed nearly eight years with the ‘T&A’ in his second spell there, and was a keen ambassador for Bradford in that time.