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City businessman pledges £25,000 to improve Bradford City Centre

A leading Bradford IT pioneer is so impressed with plans to improve the city centre that he pledged £25,000 to the proposed Business Improvement District. Mark Cowgill, co-founder and director of Exa Networks – one of the UK’s leading internet service providers for schools and businesses – said the BID’s plans were so important to the future of the city that he wanted to encourage as many city centre firms as possible to support it. “We knew our headquarters were outside the original demise area but, for us, it was…

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The LIGHT CINEMA opens at The Broadway Bradford next month

The UK’s fastest growing cinema operator – The Light – is opening at The Broadway Bradford on Friday 11th May. This will be The Light’s tenth cinema in the UK and the second in Yorkshire, alongside Sheffield. The growing success and popularity of The Light cinemas with the public is down to its unique take on the spirit of traditional, independent cinemas and bringing that into a modern environment. Much-admired for their luxuriously designed reclining seats and ample leg room and being able to enjoy beverages from the bar and…

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Appeal for information about missing Hannah Afzal

Police are appealing for information about Hannah Afzal, who has been reported missing from Bradford. Hannah, who is 15, was last seen in Northside Road at about 3.20pm yesterday (Wednesday). She is described as being around 5ft 5ins tall and is believed to be wearing a camouflage jacket with a cream or pink fur hood, light blue jeans and white trainers. She may be carrying a black plastic bag and a brown handbag. Police are continuing enquiries to locate her and anyone who can assist is asked to call 101,…

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Creating Healthy Boundaries

This month is about boundaries and how crucial it is for our mental health and well-being to have healthy boundaries. Boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for themselves what are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around them and how they will respond when someone steps outside those limits (outofthefog.net) When you feel anger or resentment or find yourself whining or complaining, you probably need to set a boundary. When I was younger woman, my boundaries were not healthy. I…

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BID will help put new shine on city centre

BRINGING a new shine to the city centre will be one of the top priorities if Bradford’s Business Improvement District plan goes ahead. Hot-washing the streets, removing the chewing gum menace, improving the appearance of empty shop units and applying anti-graffiti coatings in key areas are just a few of the projects that are likely to be tackled. The BID Development Board has identified four key pillars for the project to focus on over its five-year duration, when a levy on more than 600 city centre-based businesses and organisations will…

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University of Bradford backs BID campaign

The campaign to establish a Business Improvement District for Bradford city centre has been given a huge boost with the backing of the city’s university. The support from the University of Bradford means the BID area will be expanded to take in much of the city’s “Learning Quarter.” Professor Brian Cantor, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are delighted to become part of the Bradford BID Development Group and to join colleagues in playing our part in establishing a business improvement district for our city. “Bradford is a city where much…

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Exciting times for Bradford’s economic growth

This has been an incredibly busy few weeks for Bradford with public announcements, both favourable and disappointing regarding the delivery of significant and long strived for developments. The news that the government had awarded £4 million toward the restoration of the Bradford Odeon, making it the biggest venue of its kind outside London, was an incredibly important boost to the ongoing redevelopment of the city centre. News that Bradford University’s proposals for a Medical School had not received the support of the Department of Health was an unexpected knock back.…

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Robbers Jailed For 20 Years

Two men who targeted lone women in robberies in Bradford have been jailed for a total of 20 years. Lee Naylor and Dean Whittaker were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) for the offences which occurred in September and October last year. Naylor, 39, of Kingswood Terrace, Bradford was given 14 years after he was found guilty of the violent robbery of a 74-year-old woman in Southfield Lane on 2 October. Naylor pushed his victim to the floor as she walked along the road. He then kicked and stamped…

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Hunt on for best Yorkshire bands as Bingley Music Live launches its ‘Emerging Talent’ contest

Ahead of announcing this year’s headliners, Bingley Music Live is once again on the hunt for music’s next big thing with the launch of its annual ‘Emerging Talent’ competition. The Bradford Council-run festival, billed as the ‘North’s Last Party of the Summer’, has gained a reputation of supporting up-and-coming artists. This year will be no exception, as they give unsigned acts the chance to play on the same stages as international mega stars. The Myrtle Park festival has once again teamed up with The Exchange arts venue in Keighley to…

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CULTURAL ICONS AND CREATIVE LEADERS BACK BRADFORD ODEON FUNDING BID

A collective of world-renowned artists and leading Bradford cultural figures have urged the Culture Secretary to award Bradford Odeon significant funding from the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. Presenter and comedian Dara Ó Briain, Bradford-born Actor Timothy West, and award-winning director Clio Barnard are among 30 prominent figures in entertainment and the creative industries who have signed an open letter to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, calling on him to back Bradford Odeon’s bid for funding and support Bradford’s creative industries. The letter has also been signed by representatives of Bradford’s…

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