Several new businesses are taking roots in Bradford’s Priority Streets area after receiving funding from the City Centre Business Growth Scheme.
Bradford’s Priority Streets Scheme aims to encourage business growth and new job opportunities in the city centre, targeting Darley Street, Ivegate, Kirkgate, Rawson Square and Rawson Place. The funding offers a package of assistance to include property improvements and/or the purchase of machinery or equipment, and also business rates relief if jobs are created.
The former Gasworks in Duke Street has been transformed into a live music venue once more by owner Nigel Booth, calling it the Bradford Underground. It opened at the end of May with performances by local artists including Faheem who has appeared on the BBC programme The Voice. Nigel has created two new jobs and hopes to create a further five and as a result will benefit from the rates rebate element of the scheme.
A grant contribution of £35,000 from Bradford Council has helped bring this disused property back into use.
That’s Entertainment, an entertainment media and technology retailer, have moved into a unit in Kirkgate once occupied by Holland & Barrett, who relocated to the Broadway shopping centre. They have created five jobs which will entitles them to business rates relief of around £27,000 up to March 2018.
A delicious variety of bread and snacks are to be dished up at the Bradford Artisan Bakery, a recipient of Priority Streets Programme funding. The owner, Terence Igbokwe, will specialise in African, Caribbean and East European bread products, and freshly made sandwiches, cakes and savoury products. Mr Igbokwe graduated with a law degree from Leeds Metropolitan University but wanted to build a business, doing something he loved.
Baking will be done on site at the premises in Rawson Place and the products will be on sale from mid-morning. Gustos, a new noodle bar on Kirkgate, has also benefited from Priority Streets funding.
Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “I’m delighted that so many new businesses are springing up in the city centre. Our Priority Streets Programme is all about boosting small businesses and giving them the opportunity to flourish.”
Businesses interested in applying for Priority Streets area funding should contact the Invest in Bradford team at Bradford Council on 01274 437727.
For further information contact Jacqueline Ramdeen, Development Officer, on 01274 433957.