THE district’s three BIDs have joined forces for the first time to launch a unique scheme to help businesses and their staff get ready to bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Business Improvement Districts in Bradford city centre, Ilkley and Keighley have teamed up with Ilkley-based Virtual College to offer levy-payers a range of free and discounted online courses to help them learn new skills to boost their businesses.
Bradford BID manager Jonny Noble said: “Bradford’s district BIDs are in constant contact and liaise with each other all the time to share best practice and swap ideas to benefit our levy-payers.
“We know with the shared problems all our members have with recovering from the pandemic restrictions, it made absolute sense to work together on a project which could have a big impact on helping businesses to get back to their best when the measures are eased and we think the courses on offer from Virtual College will be a very effective way to help achieve that.”
The project is initially being launched as a pilot to make sure all of the BIDs and their levy-payers are benefiting from any investment that they choose to make in extending the scheme in the future.
Free learning courses available to businesses include: digital business skills, mental health and well being, and infection prevention and control. There are also new e-learning courses set up for food businesses who wish to move to home deliveries.
Levy-payers can sign up for the courses online at bidslearning.vc-enable.co.uk/register