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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

Virtual College retains gold as Learning Supplier of the year at global Learning Technologies Awards

Virtual College has followed up their 2015 success by winning the ‘learning technologies supplier of the year’ award at the global Learning Technologies Awards 2016. Widely recognised as Europe’s largest L&D event, the awards saw global industry leaders gather in London on 30 November 2016 to celebrate the best in learning technologies both in the UK and worldwide. The winners

Written on 5th December 2016Iain. Published in Awards, Employment, Members News

Get a sneak preview of Sunbridge Wells

Bradford’s new retail scheme opens its doors to the public on 10 December – but businesses can get a sneak preview the evening before. Sunbridge Wells in the heart of Bradford is inviting businesses to a ‘soft launch’ on the evening of 9 December. To request tickets for the special occasion, either visit the website to email the developer, or

Written on 29th November 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News

Keighley to get waste-to-energy plant

Waste-to-energy plant for Keighley

A new £135 million waste-to-energy plant in Keighley has been given the go-ahead. Preparatory work is due to start shortly, and the scheme will create up to 500 jobs during its building and operation.  A former gasworks site at Marley is ear-marked for the project, and a consultation session takes place at Keighley Civic Centre, 3-7pm, 27 July. Two plants

Written on 22nd July 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, Employment, Environment, News

Shipley College benefits from LEP Growth Deal

The first project funded by the Leeds City Region Growth Deal has completed works to refurbish a college building in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire, improving learning facilities for local people. Shipley College successfully completed a £388,000 project to refurbish the Mill Building, which was made possible by a £119,000 grant from the LEP and West Yorkshire Combined

Written on 17th February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, LEP, News, News story 4, Skills

Jobless figures falling in Bradford

Unemployment in Bradford has reached an eight-year low, dropping below 9,000, official statistics have revealed. The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December was 314, the lowest since 2007. The unemployment rate for Bradford is now 2.6%, compared to 2.0% regionally and 1.5% nationally. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that, nationally, unemployment has fell by 239,000 last year. Employment has

Written on 2nd February 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News, News story 3

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

Apprenticeships: it’s not all about plumbers!

If you are looking to recruit and grow your own talent bank then what better why to do it than via an apprenticeship. A traditional recruitment route that’s lending itself to the professions. The proof of that is with LCF Law Bradford. The legal practice looked to integrate apprenticeships into their recruitment drive and found the apprenticeship scheme and training

Written on 23rd October 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News, News, News story 4, Skills

Fewer jobless in Bradford

The news that fewer people in Bradford are unemployed is welcome news – especially as it goes against last week’s national report. ONS figures have revealed that the figure fell by 350 from May to June, bringing the local total to around 10,500.  Nationally, the figure rose for the first time in two years.  Unemployment levels are still not yet back

Written on 20th July 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Employment, News