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WELCOME TO BRADFORD

Bradford is large, young and growing.  With its unrivalled location at the heart of the UK , skilled workforce, world renowned University School of Management and competitive property prices, it's no surprise Bradford is the HQ destination of the north.

For lifestyle, Bradford has it all; from the first UNESCO city of film; Michelin star restaurants; award winning museums and galleries to stunning Yorkshire countryside.

This is why businesses choose to invest here. This is why talent chooses to live here.

Bradford is a district full of surprises. Find out why it's not only a great place to invest, but a great place to live.

What we Offer

We provide everything from relocation and property advice, recruitment and retention support to accessing finance and grants. We act on your behalf as the gateway to all local authority services.

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We have the most comprehensive property database in the district. Find your perfect office space ranging from high quality Grade A to flexible low rent contracts. 

For more details go to the website http://www.investinbradford.com

Broadband Update February 2016

Superfast West Yorkshire's objective is to deliver superfast broadband capability, greater than 24Mbps to as much of West Yorkshire as possible. The original programme was based upon a contract, with a total value of £21,98m, between the local authorities of Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield with BT. This contract was signed in August 2013 between Leeds CC and BT and it had targets to deliver superfast access to 64,548 premises throughout the four participating council areas. Viewing the latest information, it seems that the project numbers has been achieved (a final check is currently underway).

A “Phase 2” of the programme is now underway; again contracted to BT, run via the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and funded by BDUK (Broadband Development UK) to the amount of £6,89m. The original four local authority partners have now been joined by Kirklees and York. The contract for this phase was signed in June 2015. Much of the planning and survey work has been completed and the rollout of the physical infrastructure is now underway. Having not been included in any previous broadband deployment phase, the major beneficiary of this phase 2 will be Kirklees and the physical laying of fibre in the road and the building of cabinets is well under way.

The total number of premises in the second phase is 32,938 well under the number is phase 1, but remember that we are now targeting the “harder to reach” communities and hence the infrastructure build presents a far greater engineering challenge and has higher associated costs. This phase is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2018.

But it doesn't end here; West Yorkshire and York (WY&Y) have applied for +-£8m of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funding which, if successful, will allow the programme to draw down a further £1,11m from BDUK. This funding will initiate a further procurement/contractual process. It is likely that BT will be the successful supplier assuming they satisfy the criteria in the tender.

This part of the programme will take WY&Y to an expected 99% coverage of access to >24Mbps broadband; the completion date is at yet unknown, but is likely to be beyond June 2018.

Areas falling outside of the 99% will have access to the government-backed satellite broadband initiative, of which WY&Y was a pilot project. This initiative is to ensure that all premises in WY&Y have access to at least 2Mbps by the end of 2017. It should be noted that the government have recently raised the bar of this “Universal Service Obligation” to 10Mbps by the end of 2020. Details of this and the whole WY&Y programme can be found at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk

   
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