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Workforce Development & Skills Needs – Business Consultation What workforce and recruitment issues are facing your business now and in the future? Does the local population have the skills, knowledge and experience that you need to help your business continue to succeed? What would you like to see done differently to meet forthcoming challenges in this area? This consultation event

Written on 31st January 2019Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Employment, Lobbying, Manufacturing, News, News story 1, Skills

Council Leader speaks to policy group

Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe spoke to the Chamber’s Leadership Group in November 2016. The Windhill & Wrose representative had previously had several meetings and conversations with Chamber Chief Executive Sandy Needham, but this was the first time members had the opportunity to put questions direct to the Leader.  Cllr Hinchcliffe, who has held the top post since last May,

Written on 1st December 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News, Skills

Post-16 education review

A review of sixth-form education in Bradford is suggesting larger colleges replace the provision currently done through some of the smaller sixth-forms in schools. The report argues that this change would increase standards and help schools to spend more of their budget on younger pupils. The 16-page report or a 4-page summary can be found on the Council website here.

Written on 15th July 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, News, Skills

Industry open day


The University of Bradford are inviting business people to tour their research facilities and talk to their academics on 16th June. This event, run in conjunction with YCF (Your Connected Future), is tailored to those who have never previously worked with a university and those who may have toyed with the idea in the past. At the event you will

Written on 31st May 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News, Skills

Keighley / Aire Valley Growth/Investment Survey Underway

Businesses around the Keighley area are being asked to take a few minutes to complete a survey that could help with local investment. The survey focuses particularly on skills, land and property and investment, and is being conducted by the local authority as part of creating a strategy for growth in the area. The survey will close down after Easter. 

Written on 21st March 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Economy, Infrastructure, Leeds City Region, Lobbying, News, Skills

Please take our survey to improve the economy

Fieldwork is now underway for the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey. We ask that you spare a few minutes to tell us about your current business conditions and help the Chamber’s lobbying activity. Please click here to complete the survey. The Chamber is regularly asked for data by MPs, Civil Servants and the Bank of England and by completing the QES

Written on 22nd February 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Current Issues, Economy, Exporting, News, news story 2, Skills, Survey

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

Student excellence recognised in awards

Verner Wheelock, the Skipton-based award-winning food industry training company, has announced the recipients of its first ever Excellence Awards. The Awards were launched in 2015 to coincide with the company’s 25th anniversary and recognise the achievements of students attending their courses throughout that year. There were five Awards up for grabs: HACCP Student of the Year, Food Safety Student of

Written on 17th February 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Awards, Members News, News, Skills

Summer Experience Bradford 2016


Summer Experience is a placement scheme that offers businesses the opportunity to recruit an enthusiastic undergraduate student for a six week project based placement between the end of May and September 2015 in a cost effective way. The students receive a salary of £275 per week, processed and administered by the University and this year the university is able to

Written on 12th February 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News, News story 3, Skills

Lunchtime learning and networking

Chris Shaw social media training picture Bradford Chamber

The Chamber’s next Learning Lunch in Bradford will be on the ever-popular topic of Social Media. In this interactive session, PR, media and marketing specialist Chris Shaw looks at ways to get your brand noticed in the media.  Whether it be radio, TV, magazines, newspapers or online & social media, this lunchtime seminar will give you handy tips and tricks

Written on 4th February 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in IT/Digital, News, news story 2, Skills