November 10th, 2010
A strong delegation of business leaders and councillors visited London to sell Bradford as a place to invest.
Business leaders in the capital were urged to invest in Bradford during the promotional event organised by Bradford Council.
A delegation of representatives from major companies and business advisors travelled to the capital to highlight Bradford’s strengths.
The event was sponsored by law firm Pinsent Masons, which hosted the conference at its London office, rail company Grand Central, which provided travel to and from the capital, and Vivo Apartments in Shipley.
Advocates from the private sector who endorsed Bradford’s potential included Martyn Bowes, finance director from Welbeck Land, Chris Gillespie, managing director of the consumer credit division of Provident Financial, and Steve Abbott, Bradford-born film and television producer.
Bradford Council leader Coun Ian Greenwood said: “We’re really pleased with how the day has gone. There was a great deal of interest in Bradford and particularly City Park.
“We have forged a number of good connections which we hope will help us develop new job opportunities and bring added prosperity to Bradford in the future.
“We have real attributes that appeal to businesses. We are the fastest growing city in Yorkshire, have an expanding digital sector and are based in a location that offers great town and country living.
“They set us apart from other locations in the UK and will be added to next year with the completion of City Park which will create the country’s newest major urban landmark.”
Councillor Greenwood said recent milestones in the regeneration of the district included the 1.1m sq ft Marks & Spencer distribution centre at ProLogis Park near the M62.
He also highlighted the completion of the £45m Southgate development which is now home to Provident Financial and a Jury’s Inn hotel, and The Green, Bradford University’s new sustainable student village in Listerhills which is due to open in September 2011.
Source: Telegraph & Argus