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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

Smarterbuys Store accelerates growth plans to take bite out of loan sharks

Smarterbuys store Bradford Incommunities

The Smarterbuys Store, an organisation that helps provide affordable loans to people to buy household goods, announces it has lent a total of £1 million to families across the UK and is embarking on an ambitious growth plan with the backing of ethical bank Charity Bank. An early adopter of the scheme, Bradford-based social landlord Incommunities joined the fair-lending pilot

Written on 29th June 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News, News

Westfield opening date announced

An opening date has been announced for Bradford’s soon-to-be-complete new shopping centre. Westfield Broadway will open on 5 November.  It is expected to employ around 2,500 people, and it moves Bradford up the national retail rankings 59 places to 26. In tandem with the news, a retail academy – ‘Skillshouse’ – has been launched to help recruit staff for the

Written on 4th June 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Current Issues, Employment, News, news story 2

A back-to-school Approach for agency

A public relations consultancy has opened up its doors to 20 students as part of Work Inspiration Week, an initiative organised by the E3 Bradford programme. Ilkley’s multi-award winning Approach PR took part in the scheme to inform and inspire students aged between 14 to 18, who were interested in finding out more about the career paths available to them.

Written on 8th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Members News

Businesses open their doors to inspire students

For the third year running, businesses across the district opened their doors to students as part of the Work Inspiration Week programme, organised by E3 Bradford. The aim of the programme was to inspire the students about their future careers and inform them of the job opportunities available. During the week, which ran from 27th April to 1st May, 19

Written on 7th May 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, News story 4

Election Panel Debate: Supporting Business Growth

General Election – Business & Politics How will our MPs support business growth in the region? When: 6-8pm, Thurs 23 April 2015 Where: Yorkshire Building Society, 6th Floor, Broad Gate, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8EQ (entrance opposite top of Lands Lane where it meets The Headrow) The most unpredictable election for many years is causing great uncertainty among many businesses

Written on 23rd March 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Employment, Lobbying, News

Businesses grill Labour No.2

Senior Labour figure Ed Balls has been lobbied by Bradford manufacturers following the party’s policies being scrutinised for lack of business empathy. The Morley & Outwood MP, and likely Chancellor if Labour wins the upcoming election, visited Silsden-based Advanced Actuators and discussed policy issues with a small group of local businesses.  Chris Woodhead of the exporting and award-winning engineering company

Written on 25th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Employment, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News

Grants for skills needs

Funding handed down to the Leeds City Region from the Government is available for businesses to invest in workforce skills. £17.5m has been secured from the Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills scheme (EOS).   The money is available in grants of £500 – £50,000 to SMEs to invest in the skills of their workforces and aims to address skills shortages in

Written on 10th February 2015Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, Leeds City Region, LEP, News

Skills for STEM event inspires the young

A two-day event to inspire young people’s interest in a science, technology, engineering or maths-based career took place in Bradford recently. The event – Skills for STEM – welcomed more than one hundred 14-16 year olds through the doors, each able to have a go at practical activities to help them understand the skills and techniques used in business, and

Written on 17th December 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Employment, Manufacturing, News

Parental Leave changes from 1 December

The final Shared Parental Leave Regulations have been published by the Government (just days before they come into force!). The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014, to give them their official title, will enable employees who have babies due on or after 5 April 2015 to share up to one year’s leave. The Regulations allow mothers to “curtail” their maternity leave

Written on 27th November 2014Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Employment, News