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Bradford district’s Economic Growth Strategy

Bradford Council’s Executive will be given an update on the development of the new Economic Growth Strategy for the district.

The new strategy is being designed with Bradford’s economic partnership, Producer City, to support the growth of the district’s economy and provide a focus for activity.

The strategy will be discussed at the meeting of the Executive on Tuesday, 10 October.

Bradford’s new Economic Growth Strategy will focus clearly on the economy of the whole district with an ambition for growing a more productive forward looking economy.

The Executive will be asked to endorse the next steps of the strategy which will include four new areas of focus for the Council and partners:

*  Our young and enterprising population – ensuring our young people are equipped to succeed and drive our future economy.
*  Our distinctive offer – capitalising on our distinctive places and cultural assets to create compelling investment propositions.
*  Our growth potential – building on business strengths to improve productivity and create the conditions for growth.
*  Our globally connected district – improving transport infrastructure and digital connectivity, and supporting businesses to increase exports.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said:  “We have spent the summer speaking to businesses and have a number of emerging themes to help us redefine the focus of the strategy.

“Some important areas where we’d like to focus our attention include the role of business peer support, export and international trade and employer involvement in skills development.  This strategy will help us ensure our focus as a Council is on the needs of the businesses so we can support their growth and allow them to thrive in the district.”

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