Bradford Chamber Council – March Report

Chamber Council heard recently from an IT specialist on how technology is helping to improve productivity, speed up procedures and save money.

David Cawthray from Bradford Council, and formerly of Pace, highlighted how ‘going digital’ and the sharing of analytical data will assist economic growth.  Public sector examples of how changes had improved procedures and outcomes included:

– online vehicle tax renewal, including better payment options and paper-free

– mobile phone app to support waste bin collection information

– data-sharing to prevent unauthorised conversions of residential property

The changing technology was also helping to speed up Council repairs, for instance street lighting and pot holes, as well as other services.  On a related item, the meeting also heard from Bradford University’s Dr Liam Sutton on the launch of the Digital Catapult Centre.  The Centre is a £12m digital health hub supporting start-up businesses in that sector that would emanate from initial academic ideas and research.

Outputs included:

  • 2000+ SMEs hit by outreach activity
  • 500 SMEs p.a. attend information events
  • 100 SMEs participate in more in-depth activity
  • 30 SMEs involved in Hackathon / Data Dive / co-creation activities
  • 8 major collaborative R&D programmes initiated

The meeting also heard details of Bradford Council’s proposal to create a public sector regional hub on the site of the current Jacob’s Well building, with the objective of bringing in up to 3,000 jobs.

Written on 30th March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News