Welcome to the latest edition of Bradford Means Business. With the UK and most of the world shut down as people sheltered from a deadly virus the shock to the economic system will be severe and challenging.
However there are still reasons to be optimistic. In this edition we focus on the businesses who embraced a new way of working and overcame adversity. Times may be tough, but Bradford is still thriving.
The UK is bracing itself for the full impact of COVID-19, whose effect on business has been profound. As a result of the Government-mandated lockdown, many businesses find themselves in uncharted territory. How do you continue to trade when no one is buying? What do you do with your loyal workforce and how do you shield your business from the worst so it is ready to resume when the pandemic has passed? Bradford Means Business investigates.
Welcome to the first edition of the new year and the beginning of a new decade. We are showcasing some of the upcoming ‘big ticket’ items that give us optimism for the future.
Richard Shaw tells us why the Bradford City of Culture bid is so important to our future prosperity. The bid, which is awarded once every four years by the Government, is backed by the council but will be spearheaded by a new Cultural Partnership made up of representatives from all sectors.
Also in this edition, we feature Manufacturing Week – a spotlight for some of the district’s most dynamic businesses – and welcome a new columnist, Juliette Healey of the Bank of England.
In this issue, we chat to Expect Distribution’s, Neil Rushworth, about his journey to logistics excellence, Bradford’s ambitious bid to become the UK’s city of culture in 2025, the development of the new Bradford Food Market in early 2020 and how family business JCT600 has become one of the best-known names in Yorkshire.
In this issue, we chat to successful lawyer Sarah Bashir MBE; reveal the successes of small and medium-sized enterprises in our area with our Top 50 SME countdown; explore the impact of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, and celebrate the very best of Bradford businesses with coverage from the Bradford Means Business Awards 2019.
In our second issue meet Joanna Robinson, managing director of leading engineering firm. Find out more about the new-look Odeon, with the hopes to boost night-time economy. We salute new business entrepreneurs as part of National Apprentice Week and how JET2 has increased visitors to Leeds-Bradford Airport, becoming the third largest airline in the country!
In our first issue meet Mahboob Hussain founder of Icestone Gelato, find out about the move to Leeds for Channel 4, the coming Manufacturing week and the story of Regal foods and their factory expansion. Plus all the details of the 2019 Business Awards