BMBA 2023: Meet the Sponsors

Find out more about our generous sponsors below:

Our Event Partner – Bradford Council

Bradford is a great northern city, home to enterprising and creative people with strong productive businesses. Being at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and the UK, Bradford offers competitive living and business set-up costs. It has one of the youngest populations in the UK making it a perfect place for businesses to make the most of upcoming talent and a growing economy.

The Council is committed to encouraging innovation and supporting businesses. Whether you are setting up a business, an established local company or are thinking of relocating to the Bradford District, Bradford MDC is willing to give you advice and support.

Creative Business of the Year

Bradford district’s year of culture is set to deliver more than 1,000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals and major national and international collaborations.

As the UK’s youngest city (29% of our population are under 20 and nearly a quarter under 16), our young people will help deliver a year of culture that is recognisably Bradford.

Bradford’s history of fierce independence and of progressive social reform and its spectacular cultural heritage offer a powerful launchpad for a UK City of Culture celebration in 2025 that could only happen in Bradford.

The Sustainability Award

We partner with water-intensive industries to solve complex water treatment and process improvement challenges with advanced chemical and equipment solutions for consumer and industrial markets. With a global infrastructure of facilities and experts, we are a specialty chemicals manufacturer built to help you meet your operational and sustainability goals, today and into the future.

We are also proud to point out that we are a 2021 US Best Managed Company. 

Learn about this prestigious designation.

The Apprentice of the Year Award

Work in progress

We’re all on a journey trying to improve ourselves, at Bradford College it’s to make sure the education, training and life skills you build with us are always relevant for the future, whatever career journey you are on.

Whether it’s university study, A-levels, T-levels, apprenticeships, practical skills training or professional qualifications, we can help you be better.

We’re all a work in progress, if you have the ambition, determination and vision to #BeBetter, come join us this September.

The Manufacturer of the Year Award

Thorite is a family-owned business, established in 1850, headquartered in Bradford, and has grown to become the UK’s leading independent supplier of air compressors, air tools, pneumatic and process products. We offer customers the most comprehensive range of market-leading and cost-effective compressed air equipment and technical support services to meet the needs of the UK’s manufacturing industries.

Our Bradford headquarters offers industry accredited training facilities, compressed air systems solutions, full technical support, and aftermarket support services, including on-site surveys, installation & commissioning, field service, genuine manufacturer spare parts, and equipment hire & rental.

The SME of the Year Award

BHP is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Yorkshire, providing high quality assurance, advisory, corporate finance and tax services. Our passion is helping business owners and leaders achieve their dreams and aspirations. We listen, understand and provide honest advice. Our innovative solutions deliver results.

With over 350 specialist staff and 38 sector-specific partners, BHP has in-depth expertise to deal with all aspects of financial affairs. From an award-winning corporate finance team to a nationally-recognised tax team, inward-investing businesses can be confident of the highest quality advice.

BHP is also a member of Kreston International, the 12th largest network of independent accounting firms in the world.

The Family Business of the Year Award

Sekhon Group loves to bring back to life disused buildings, giving them a useful purpose once again. We have identified profitable development opportunities where others have failed.

Sekhon Group has a proven track record of delivering high quality apartments; converting significant properties into beautiful luxury apartments. This has been achieved using personal and family resources but also employing capital from business colleagues which demonstrates the flexibility and skill-set to work with other business entrepreneurs.

We have rarely disposed of any assets due to the desire to build equity to fuel the future development projects. Recently we have negotiated deals to raise capital through selling 66 apartments in one transaction and another 30 apartments in another, to long term private investors.

The New Business of the Year Award

Welcome to the Joseph Parr Group the long established builders merchant company. Founded in 1883 the company has grown to be in the top 20 independent builders merchants in the country. With continued investment into our staff and stores our customers can rely on Joseph Parr to service all our customers needs. Stocking over 20,000 products we can satisfy most of our customers requirements.

Joseph Parr and its staff are committed to improving and offering the very latest products and services that are available. So please allow the Joseph Parr group to show you how we can help you and your  business.

The Employer of the Year Award

Bradford Business Improvement District (BID) want everybody to share an ambitious vision for Bradford city centre.

The BID has been designed to create a vibrant and thriving city centre that attracts increased footfall from both local people and visitors from elsewhere, so that all of our businesses flourish and prosper.

Whether people live or work in Bradford or are simply visiting, our goal is that they are motivated to stay for longer, spend more and return more frequently.

Bradford BID

The Business of the Year Award

Blacks Solicitors is a 28 partner law firm with over 190 employees.

The firm has over 19 specialisms, providing a wide range of legal services to commercial and private clients across the UK.

It delivers a first-class service to all of its clients, whilst providing expert advice at realistic rates.

Blacks Solicitors

The Social Mobility Award

At the University of Bradford our focus is on creating the conditions for social, cultural, and economic impact. We are committed to social inclusion and our work to expand opportunity and enable students to reach their potential has led to us topping the Social Mobility Index of English universities for the last two years. Our students belong to a supportive University community and achieve the best outcomes as graduates.

Our University Strategy sets out our ambitions to 2025, which we will achieve by using our proud heritage as a springboard and remaining steadfast in our commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We will harness our strengths in research, innovation, teaching and partnerships to extend our reputation, influence, and impact. All of this will create a values-led culture that is inclusive and effective in enriching lives and benefitting society.

The Innovation Award

Christeyns UK is a leading supplier in the hygiene world.  Its principal focus is the supply of detergents, supporting chemicals and engineering expertise for the commercial laundry and food and beverage sectors across the UK, with an additional focus on professional hygiene and manufacturing chemicals for the construction sector.

Having been part of the Bradford manufacturing industry for over twenty years, Christeyns has made an outstanding contribution not only to the region, but also in its influence on the future of the industry sectors in which it operates.

Apprenticeships are at the heart of company policy at Christeyns where a focus on employee development and continued innovation ensures the future of both the firm and the industry.  Christeyns believes in providing a firm foundation for developing tomorrow’s leaders and is proud to sponsor the Manufacturing Apprentice category.

Charitable Partnership

GiveBradford distributes vital grants and gives trusted advice to Community Organisations across the District to influence positive change. Driven by creating meaningful social impact for hundreds of local people every year.

GiveBradford generates philanthropic giving and leverages statutory funding to deliver grants that address specific challenges. This opens up vulnerable and often marginalised communities to a wealth of opportunities including skills, health, education, culture and employment.

Our work goes beyond funding alone as it also provides resources that Community Organisations would otherwise struggle to access. As an organisation focused on creating a fair and inclusive society, GiveBradford works alongside each group to address inequalities and create opportunities.


The Entertainment

Located in the heart of the Bradford community, The Broadway Bradford is the local leisure destination of choice. Whether you need your next fashion fix or the perfect gift for someone special, you’ll find everything you need all under one roof.

We provide our customers with the shops they want – from leading brands to fashion favourites, and over 80 top high street names. With an array of food and drink outlets, plenty of shops to browse, and a boutique cinema, The Broadway is your destination to shop, watch and eat.

Over 1300 secure car parking spaces.

Broadway Bradford

The Reception Drinks

Reassuringly here, whenever you need us.

When it comes to legal advice, we do things differently.

We value personal relationships and allow plenty of time to get to know our clients and their businesses. With offices in Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield, our award-winning team of over 160 staff supports clients across the UK with corporate, commercial, commercial property, education, employment, debt, dispute resolution, environmental & regulatory, private wealth, residential conveyancing, restructuring & insolvency, planning, tax and wills.

The Tickets and Menu

Napoleons Casino Bradford is the place to be for classic casino gaming and indulgent dining. Relax in our stylish 120-seat restaurant serving delectable British cuisine with a fusion twist. Napoleons bars serve an extensive selection of drinks daily, including a carefully selected wine list.

Thrilling entertainment is always on the cards at Bradford’s friendly casino. Play all the casino favourites, American Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, and Electronic Roulette. We also have state-of-the-art £10k jackpot slot machines.

Not only do we offer traditional casino gaming, but we also have a lively schedule of events throughout the year and fantastic-value food and drink offers. From cabaret dinners and live tributes to quiz nights and wine tasting there is something for everyone to enjoy at Napoleons Casino Bradford.

The Tropies and Videos

MyLahore is rooted in Yorkshire in a world of small kitchens yet huge hearts, where families tuck into everything from samosas to shepherd’s pie, and karahis to cornflake tarts. It’s a very British Asian story that just had to be shared!

We love to bring people together around great food and vibrant, fulfilling experiences. We’re inspired to build on the pioneering migrant spirit of those that journeyed before us, and pass on something positive to those that come after us.

Our menu is famously diverse, with something for everyone, and we just love offering up tastes of adventure as well as culinary strolls down memory lane. So in a hectic world, why not slow down and savour the moment with us, as we bring you flavours from a very colourful journey.

Whether you are nominated for an award in the weeks ahead or become a sponsor, the evening will provide a unique opportunity to network, to celebrate and to thank colleagues on what we hope will be a wonderful evening.

For ticket sales please contact Lauren Wood on 01274 705222 or


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