Brown Muff upper floors conversion approved

A plan to convert the upper floors of one of Bradford’s former landmark buildings into an aparthotel has been given the nod. The former Brown Muff & Co department store, on the corner of Market Street and Ivegate, has been ear-marked for conversion into a 69-bedroom refurbishment, and a planning application has been approved.  While the ground floor of the

Written on 5th December 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, Current Issues, News

Are our MPs doing enough for businesses in Bradford?

What more would you like to see our MPs do for businesses in Bradford? Three of the District’s MPs will spell out their hopes and aspirations and field questions from members at an upcoming Chamber event. Philip Davies, John Grogan and Naz Shah will be at a business lunch at the Midland Hotel on Friday 12 January.  What issues should

Written on 4th December 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Lobbying, News

Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery Workshops

Bradford Council are assisting in the running of two anti-slavery workshops coming up soon.  We have been asked to help raise awareness about them, in order to help spot any unethical or illegal activities. Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Awareness Workshop Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017  Time: 0900-1200  &  1300-1600 Venue: Bradford City Football Club, Valley Parade, Bradford BD8 7DY

Written on 24th November 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford Council, News

Manufacturing alive and kicking, says President

Manufacturing is alive and kicking, says Chamber President Bradford’s manufacturing sector is alive and kicking – that was the key message from the city’s Chamber of Commerce last night (Thursday 23 Nov). Chamber President Nick Garthwaite, in a keynote address at the Chamber’s annual dinner, proclaimed the sector to be in a strong position to be able to help drive

Written on 24th November 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in News

Chamber calls on Chancellor to incentivise investment

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Chancellor to create business stability in this year’s Budget. The Chamber wants to see Philip Hammond introduce measures that will tackle the up-front costs of doing business, and offer incentives for investment; the business group is also calling for improved mobile network coverage.  The submission to the Chancellor, due

Written on 16th November 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Economy, Lobbying, News

Chamber event puts City Hall bosses on the spot

Senior Council chiefs in Bradford were quizzed recently (6 Nov) by the local business community about various economic development programmes. A senior team of City Hall officers fielded questions on a range of topics from a property and professional services audience.  In particular, the formulation for calculating future housing needs was challenged, while more high quality development schemes are needed

Written on 8th November 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in News

Delays warning for resurfacing

With thanks to the T&A Motorists are being warned to expect major delays as nine roads are resurfaced this summer. For full article, please click here.

Written on 12th July 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in News

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