Bradford Chamber has lobbied successfully to oppose some of the Council’s budget cuts.
Acknowledging that some difficult decisions had to be made due to central government demands for cuts, the Chamber nevertheless had to oppose several of the cuts due to their likely impact on business support, inward investment and economic development. The response also noted that city centre regeneration, for a long time the major worry of many firms across the District, was likely to be hit, and this would hamper attempts to increase footfall (notwithstanding the soon-to-be completed Westfield Broadway).
There was a reversal of plans to cut the economic development and visitor economy budgets, which the Chamber said would damage Bradford’s regeneration and ‘shop front’ at a time that could be very damaging. The Chamber argued that inward investment aswell as tourism and other visitor numbers would be affected. The Council is to now ring-fence some monies it had intended to save through service cuts for economic growth and inward investment.
Chamber Vice-President Andy Caton, of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “We recognise that wherever the cuts are made, someone is likely to be affected somehow. We weren’t saying ‘don’t make the cuts here, make them elsewhere’; but we pointed out the possible impact of cuts in areas related to business, economic growth and making Bradford a better place for business – because that’s the field in which we operate.”