Chamber of Commerce president Nick Garthwaite says city will host its first Manufacturing Week next year

Chamber of Commerce president Nick Garthwaite says city will host its first Manufacturing Week next year

BRADFORD’S manufacturing sector is alive and kicking, says the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

In a keynote address, president Nick Garthwaite said the sector was in a strong position to drive the city forward, with many local firms “punching above their weight”.

In light of that, Mr Garthwaite said Bradford was to host its first Manufacturing Week next year.

It is designed to be a celebration of all things “great and good” about the sector, at present and looking to the future.

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City’s Daily Newspaper Launches Campaign To Back The BID – Bradford BID

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Bradford’s daily newspaper has thrown its weight behind efforts to set up the first Business Improvement District in the city.

The Telegraph & Argus, which is based in Hall Ings, has launched its own campaign to encourage the 600 or so businesses and organisations in the city centre to vote YES when the plan goes to a ballot in September.

Under the banner “We’re Backing the BID”, the T&A will be carrying a monthly page of the latest updates on the BID process along with regular features and news stories about its progress in print and online.

The move comes after a feasibility study revealed that 70 per cent of businesses who took part in a survey said they were in favour of the idea.

T&A editor Nigel Burton said: “It should come as no surprise plans to set up a Bradford Business Improvement District (BID) have received overwhelming support.

“The only surprise is that it has taken Bradford this long to get round to setting one up.

“In towns and cities across the country, BID partners are working together for the common good – tidying up the streets, organising exciting new attractions and generally making retail centres a nicer place to shop.”

Mr Burton said the BID could have a huge impact on the city centre.

“A city the size of Bradford should have had a BID years ago,” he said. “By making the retail environment more attractive, a successful BID team will boost visitor numbers to the benefit of everyone – shoppers and businesses alike.

“And with a £2.5 million kitty over the course of the fixed five-year term, Bradford’s BID will certainly have the financial firepower to have a transformative effect on the city centre.

“We can’t wait to see it get started!”

The T&A’s campaign was welcomed by Ian Ward, chairman of the BID Development Board.

He said: “The T&A’s support is a real boost for our efforts to make a tangible difference to Bradford city centre.

“The newspaper has been based in the city centre since it launched in 1868 and it has chronicled the changes over all that time on a daily basis.

“Its staff and journalists know only too well the impact the BID could have and we’re really grateful they have decided to campaign with us to get it off the ground.

“It’s a brilliant endorsement of our efforts and we hope it will help those businesses who are still to engage with the process to really get behind it.”

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Teachers could have student loans reimbursed in bid to woo them to Bradford

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NEWLY qualified teachers could be given a reimbursement of their student loans if they chose to teach in Bradford’s schools.

The newly announced “Bradford Dividend” would see the offer made to teachers who have recently started working in a secondary or special school in the district, teaching science, languages and IT.

The ambitious plans would also see teachers given access to funding to train to become a school leader or headteacher, and access to courses to boost their teaching skills.

Funding for the scheme will come from a recent £11 million grant given to Bradford by the Department For Education after the district was named an “opportunity area.”

It is an attempt to get more new teachers choosing Bradford over other areas, seen as more attractive to teach in, retain staff and create a new generation of heads and school leaders.

The package of support is being launched today by the Bradford for Teaching recruitment campaign, which is being backed by Bradford Council.

The plans are currently in the early stages, and details of how much of the £11 million opportunity grant will be used to fund the dividend has not yet been revealed.

In recent years many schools across Bradford have struggled to recruit and retain teachers, and Bradford Council has trialled schemes such as giving trainee students bus tours around the district’s schools to encourage more people to choose to teach in Bradford.

Teachers will be able to apply for the reimbursement from September. Those who qualify for the scheme will be able to apply to reimburse student loan payments made in the first ten years of their careers. They have to be employed in a secondary or special school in Bradford and been awarded Qualified teacher status from between 2013/14 – 2018/19 and teach in languages, physics, chemistry, biology or computer science. They will be eligible for reimbursements for the ten academic years following the year they qualified. It will be dependent on the teacher’s salary, and they claim the reimbursement from the previous year.

Councillor Imran Khan, the Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said: “The launch of the Bradford Dividend helps us to demonstrate that we recognise the importance of teachers here in Bradford and we are going to invest in helping them to work here.

“This package of support and the brilliant Bradford for Teaching campaign will help us to get the message out that if you are passionate about teaching and making a real difference to children’s lives then Bradford is the place for you.”

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services said: “The Bradford Dividend offers both financial and professional support to teachers in our district. The work of the Bradford for Teaching campaign and the support of the Opportunity Area programme will help us to ensure teachers in the district school feel well supported and valued.”

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, welcomed the idea and told the Telegraph & Argus: “Our Leaky Pipeline report showed that teacher recruitment is in crisis. We do need to see more work being done to attract and retain people who want to become teachers and school leaders. On a good day, there’s no better profession to be in.

“The recruitment pipeline is leaking at both ends. Currently, too few graduates choose teaching as a career and too many experienced teachers leave the profession prematurely. All too often recruitment efforts fail to produce enough high quality candidates. The main reasons given to explain why schools struggled to recruit included the quality of applicants in the area and an overall shortage of staff in the area.”

Ian Murch, Bradford spokesman of the National Education Union, said: “Targeted ways of addressing teacher shortages in Bradford do have some effect. They don’t necessarily increase the number of teachers available, but they may sway someone who is thinking whether they will go to teach in Bradford or Leeds.

“Things like this have been tried before, and they may have a bit of an effect, but I don’t think they’ll have a huge effect. We really need to look at teacher retention. The main problem is that teachers are not staying in their jobs.”

Debbie Davies, COnservative spokesman for education on the Council, said: “I’d like to see a bit more detail, but it is a positive idea that will hopefully encourage people to teach here.

“Teacher recruitment is a big issue and some schools have a massive turnaround of staff so something like this makes sense.

“Any new initiative that encourages teachers to come to Bradford is worth trying

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ALL ABOARD: Bradford set to get station on high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail line

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BRADFORD is to get a station on the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line, it has been confirmed today.

Transport for the North (TfN) has, for the first time, outlined its vision for NPR, a rail network between the North of England’s six biggest cities and other economic centres.

NPR, which would see a new railway line linking Leeds with Manchester via Bradford as well as much faster connections between Leeds and Sheffield, Newcastle and Hull, would mean that an extra 46 per cent of the population, more than 1.4 million residents, would be able to access three major cities within 90 minutes from home.

The announcement will delight campaigners, who have previously said bringing high-speed rail to Bradford city centre would boost the local economy by £1.3bn, improve journey times and increase capacity on the railway network.

It is not yet clear whether the new station will be in the city centre or at an out-of-town parkway location.

Map of the new route, showing Bradford on a new stretch of high-speed line (in lime green).

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council leader, said she was pleased with the announcement but the station’s location was the next aspect to be clarified.

She said: “This is what we have been pushing for all the way along.

“What we need to keep pushing for is to make sure it’s a city centre station and at the moment that’s not clear and that’s a business case we are putting forward for Bradford already.

“We are already working with TfN saying that’s what we need.

“We see in the city centre such regeneration opportunities – the south of the city centre you’ve got quite a lot of land there which would immediately increase in value if we get a city centre station.

“We’ve got an interchange station, let’s use it, let’s redevelop that, but of course that case is still to be made.

“Chris Grayling has been very positive about what we need in Bradford, it’s also about convincing civil servants down in Westminster.

“This TfN case is being put together with all the local authorities’ agreement across the North – that’s a plan that now we need to wait for feedback from the Minister and Government to see which bits they can fund.”

Cllr Hinchcliffe added the announcement would bring a huge jobs boost to the Bradford district and will mean people can live in Bradford and commute to cities including Manchester.

She said: “For me, it’s all about jobs, investment, bringing businesses to the district.

“It’s about our young people having opportunities both to set up businesses here themselves but also to have access to jobs that we know they are all capable of doing.

“It’s about using the talent of our city to its maximum.

“There’s two key things we need to get right – one is education and the other is transport connectivity.

“If you improve those two things then the rest of the economy just comes together.

“You should be able to go from Bradford to Manchester quite easily so if you want to live in Bradford and work in Manchester you should be able to do that, you shouldn’t have to move.

“Similarly if you want to live in Manchester and work in Bradford that should be easy too. It shouldn’t be over an hour’s journey between Bradford and Manchester it should just be a half-hour journey.”

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, said: “This is a big step for Bradford. An NPR station here would be a huge boost for the city. It would make it much easier to commute to and from Bradford, giving more people access to good jobs, as well as bringing in businesses to the city.

“This TfN case is being put together with all the local authorities’ agreement across the North – that’s a plan that now we need to wait for feedback from the Minister and Government to see which bits they can fund.”

Cllr Hinchcliffe added the announcement would bring a huge jobs boost to the Bradford district and will mean people can live in Bradford and commute to cities including Manchester.

She said: “For me, it’s all about jobs, investment, bringing businesses to the district.

“It’s about our young people having opportunities both to set up businesses here themselves but also to have access to jobs that we know they are all capable of doing.

“It’s about using the talent of our city to its maximum.

“There’s two key things we need to get right – one is education and the other is transport connectivity.

“If you improve those two things then the rest of the economy just comes together.

“You should be able to go from Bradford to Manchester quite easily so if you want to live in Bradford and work in Manchester you should be able to do that, you shouldn’t have to move.

“Similarly if you want to live in Manchester and work in Bradford that should be easy too. It shouldn’t be over an hour’s journey between Bradford and Manchester it should just be a half-hour journey.”

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, said: “This is a big step for Bradford. An NPR station here would be a huge boost for the city. It would make it much easier to commute to and from Bradford, giving more people access to good jobs, as well as bringing in businesses to the city.

Plans for future transport investment in Leeds City Region and the wider North of England have been outlined at an event held in Leeds today, marking the publication of a 30-year plan to drive economic growth.

Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director at Transport for the North, said: “It’s really important because of the connectivity and the transformational programme we are looking at.

“It’s about jobs, it’s about growing economy in the North.

“Bradford is a centrepoint, although it’s not a city region within the Northern Powerhouse Rail network, we’re looking to deliver transformational growth of the railway and the only way we are going to be able to do that is by looking at new line openings – Leeds, Bradford, down to Manchester – we hope with the economic analysis we are doing at the moment, it will actually produce a set of outcomes that will go in our strategic outline business case to the partners of North, the leaders of the North and also to the Secretary of State.

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