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Election: Reaction

Commenting on the General Election outcome, Andy Caton, President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce said: “The UK electorate has today accomplished the unlikely feat of piling more uncertainty on business communities already grappling with currency fluctuations, high up-front costs, and the Brexit process. The election result serves to deliver yet more uncertainty and the formation of a stable administration that

Written on 12th June 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, Lobbying, News

Keighley retail scheme revived

Keighley’s hopes of getting a new shopping centre have been reinvigorated. A plan to redevelop the former Worth Valley Shopping Centre by Stainsby Grange fell by the wayside some time ago when the developer was unable to attract high-profile tenants to make the project feasible.  That is about to change now that the scheme has been sold on to a

Written on 7th June 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

Markets plan moves forward

Plans to overhaul Bradford’s markets are about to take another step forward. A ‘professional services multi-functional team’ is to be recruited to draw up plans for the redevelopment of Kirkgate Market and a new food market on Darley Street.  The deadline to bid for the contract, worth £1 million, is 22 June. It is hoped that the new markets will

Written on 7th June 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Economy, News

Going Underground: How Sunbridge Wells Happened

From dungeons in the 1700s to an unlicensed nightclub during the swinging 60s, Sunbridge Wells has had what can be called an ‘interesting past’ – and now businesses have the chance to find out all about it. The developer of one of Bradford’s most interesting building projects is to speak to businesses in the city.  Graham Hall of Sunbridge Wells

Written on 1st June 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Members News, News

Past President puts forward city centre ideas

A former President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce has called on his regeneration ideas for the city to be adopted in City Hall. John Pennington, President just after the turn of the Millenium, has put forward several ideas to help develop the city centre.  Under Cllr Pennington’s plan, key shopping streets such as Darley Street, Kirkgate and Ivegate, would be

Written on 18th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Environment, Infrastructure, News

MP spars with property sector

Philip Davies at Property Forum

Businesses in Bradford’s property sector came face-to-face with their arch-nemesis recently, when Shipley MP Philip Davies spoke at the Property Forum. The outspoken and maverick MP had been the bane of the city’s planners and property folk for the last few months, due to his intervention in the process to ear-mark land for housing and commercial use.  Mr Davies agreed

Written on 5th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, Environment, Lobbying, News

Tong Street congestion views sought

Businesses’ views are being sought about their experiences of using Tong Street in Bradford. The south-east Bradford highway is renowned for congestion and a scheme is being developed to help reduce the problem.  A £13m improvement scheme along the one-mile section from Knowles Lane to Westgate Hill includes increasing capacity and improving accessibility. Businesses are invited to tell us, Bradford

Written on 4th April 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News

Development levy plan to be dropped

The planned levy on development that supporters claimed would help to fund infrastructure should be waived for house-building schemes in Bradford a planning inspector has ruled. The move would help to regenerate brownfield sites in both places, the Government inspector said, even though Council estimates show it could cost the district more than £10 million in unrealised cash for roads, schools

Written on 8th February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Infrastructure, Lobbying, News

Bradford Council budget cut consultation

Views are invited from businesses on Bradford Council’s planned budget cuts for 2017-19. Over the last six years, the Council has had to find £250m in savings and increased income due to central government funding cuts and rising demand for services.  In 2020, its net budget will be around half of what it was ten years previous. In previous years,

Written on 2nd February 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Finance, Lobbying, News