Led by Bradford Council, the partnership which includes Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford BID, Discover Keighley and Ilkley BID, will meet weekly on behalf of almost 16,000 local businesses and the retail sector. The new drive urges businesses and organisations to share experiences, success stories and advice using #TogetherBradfordCan.
Bradford is home to 15,785 businesses including 1,760 SME and 13,960 micro businesses. Intelligence gathered through partners will support the district’s economic recovery and enable the council to reflect business needs alongside Bradford Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Business and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We all know exiting lockdown will be complex and we urge everyone to keep abreast of official messages. It is also essential we make it as easy as possible for businesses to learn from each other, share experiences and keep the rebuild messages clear. Our new partnership aims to keep all lines of business communication open, whether retail, manufacturing or professional services. Never before has #TogetherBradfordCan been more reflective of not only a business movement, but a cultural statement that underpins the strength of our communities as we enter this next critical stage.”
Jonny Noble, Bradford BID manager, said: “We here at Bradford BID would like to strongly encourage all of our businesses and their loyal customers to share far and wide the hashtag #TogetherBradfordCan. We are a great city and have on many occasions joined together to overcome adversity and hardships. We do this best when we do it together. Our business community is one of the most dedicated, resilient and determined in the country, with so many altering their operating model and looking at innovative and inspirational ways to continue to trade during this pandemic, which is why we all must champion the message that #TogetherBradfordCan!”