Bradford Economic Partnership

The Bradford Economic Partnership sets out an economic ambition for the city and district

The Bradford Economic Partnership brings together a team of senior leaders from key organisations, local businesses, Bradford Council, the University of Bradford, the City Region LEP and the Chamber of Commerce, to oversee and drive delivery of our inclusive growth agenda.

Chaired by David Baldwin, Chief Executive at Burnley Football Club, who was born and bred and continues to live in Bradford; the partnership oversees delivery of the Bradford Economic Strategy that sets out the future direction of economic development and regeneration across Bradford District and will provide a credible and powerful voice for the city in regional, national and international forums. We aim to add more than £4bn to the district economy, get 20,000 more people into work and improve the skills of 48,000 residents.

Pioneering, Confident and Connected, Bradford is a great northern city and an economy of significant scale. It is a beautiful place, with a stunning architectural heritage, home to enterprising and creative people and strong and productive businesses. Bradford has a proud industrial heritage built by successful businesses who have married new ideas and technologies to the entrepreneurial energy of successive generations of people who have made the district their home.

Bradford is the youngest city in the UK and is at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. It is also one of the most international cities in the UK, globally connected by businesses trading across the world. Our Economic Strategy for the Bradford District 2018-2030 is available on our Invest in Bradford website.

We are home to a number of the UK’s leading businesses. This includes companies such as:

  • Arris - the world’s number one designer and manufacturer of digital set-top boxes.
  • Hallmark Cards - world leading Greetings Card Manufacturers and Retailers.
  • Yorkshire Building Society - the second largest building society in the UK with 3.5 million members and assets worth £33 billion.
  • WM Morrison Supermarkets - the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain.
  • BorgWarner - leading global supplier of innovative turbo-charging systems to the automotive industry.
  • Radio design - award winning world leaders in wireless telecommunications product design.
  • Emerald - leading international publisher of academic and professional research.
  • Seabrook Crisps - a leading UK producer and distributor of potato crisps.

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