Selling Bradford to London deemed ‘a success’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dalton Phillips Dalton Phillips

A London visit by business and civic leaders to promote Bradford as the place to invest has been declared a success, with as many as 100 companies hearing what the district can offer them.

Dalton Phillips, the chief executive of Morrisons, told the audience that Morrisons would be staying in Bradford because it has lots of young people, good university links, good skills and he likes the “no-nonsense, can-do attitude of Yorkshire people”.

The gathering included many national and international businesses, development companies, retailers and property agents, Bradford Council leader Dave Green and chief executive Tony Reeves joined Mr Phillips, and Peter Miller, Westfield’s chief operating officer, at the event where bosses of other national companies were told how they can benefit from Bradford’s City Centre Growth Zone which is planned to create 2,800 jobs within the next five years.

The zone is being funded through a combination of £17.6 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and £17.2m from Bradford Council. It will stimulate investment and private sector growth in the city centre through a range of incentives.

Coun Green said that the many leads they got would be followed up in the days ahead.

“We had a great presentation by Dalton and Peter outlining why they are in Bradford and we had some good positive feedback from the investors and developers and we are looking to move that forward from enthusiasm to delivery and results,” he said.

“We were not expecting anyone to sign on the dotted lane today but there is a possibility of us attracting new investments. I would expect and hope that we see something concrete and see progress in the months to come.

“Dalton said that he had lived all over the globe but recognised the strengths of Bradford and told the visitors that the Council is very keen and effective in partnership with the private sector and works closely with them.

“My pitch was more about what a great city Bradford is with its culture and heritage and creativity which has been recognised going back to Victorian times. We have got a Council that is committed to delivery in terms of jobs and business growth and our number one priority is to deliver.”

The Bradford team included David Ward MP (Lib Dem, Bradford East), Gerry Sutcliffe MP (Lab, Bradford South) and delegates from Westfield, Prudential and the Arcadia Group, among many others.

Mr Miller said that with the growing momentum behind his company’s Broadway development there had never been a better time for retailers to invest or open in Bradford. He said it was an untapped chance for retailers with the potential to attract up to £1 billion of spending once the Broadway shopping centre had been built.

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8:00am Fri 23 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

So Bradford's been sold to London. What did we get for it? was it the nominal price of £1 as in the case of the Odeon? It's a good job they went down there instead of having the Londoners come here and seeing the state that Bradfords in or we'd have struggled to get that.
Ps “We were not expecting anyone to sign on the dotted lane today" and the T&A may have a vacancy for a proof reader if any of you jobseekers are interested.
So Bradford's been sold to London. What did we get for it? was it the nominal price of £1 as in the case of the Odeon? It's a good job they went down there instead of having the Londoners come here and seeing the state that Bradfords in or we'd have struggled to get that. Ps “We were not expecting anyone to sign on the dotted lane today" and the T&A may have a vacancy for a proof reader if any of you jobseekers are interested. RollandSmoke

8:09am Fri 23 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces.
It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces. Thee Voice of Reason

8:20am Fri 23 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time.
By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield?
Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down?
It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time. By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield? Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down? Joedavid

8:26am Fri 23 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces.
I've lost count of the times that Maud Marshall and MacRuari went off on their regeneration trips to the South of France and came back saying how impressed everybody was.
What concrete evidence of success ever came of it?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces.[/p][/quote]I've lost count of the times that Maud Marshall and MacRuari went off on their regeneration trips to the South of France and came back saying how impressed everybody was. What concrete evidence of success ever came of it? angry bradfordian

8:47am Fri 23 Nov 12

Avro says...

"100 companies hearing what the district can offer them."

How does "hearing" equate to success?
Success is clinching deals rather than bum's on seats, and as they say, talk is cheap!

Great to see they are still rolling out the huge smoke screen about the reality of the Regional Growth Fund money.
The fact of the matter is that to get the Government £17.6m, is very dependent on Westfield being up and running by the end of 2015.
If Westfield have not signed enough tenants to kickstart the build before the end of 2013, then the project will be dead in the water, because the £17.6m is ringfenced to the Westfield tenant rate relief scheme, which to receive this money, is dependent on Westfield being up and running by the end of 2015.

So the reality is not quite how they would have us believe, and that Bradford's growth is very dependent on Westfield/Meyer Bergman coming good sooner rather than later!
"100 companies hearing what the district can offer them." How does "hearing" equate to success? Success is clinching deals rather than bum's on seats, and as they say, talk is cheap! Great to see they are still rolling out the huge smoke screen about the reality of the Regional Growth Fund money. The fact of the matter is that to get the Government £17.6m, is very dependent on Westfield being up and running by the end of 2015. If Westfield have not signed enough tenants to kickstart the build before the end of 2013, then the project will be dead in the water, because the £17.6m is ringfenced to the Westfield tenant rate relief scheme, which to receive this money, is dependent on Westfield being up and running by the end of 2015. So the reality is not quite how they would have us believe, and that Bradford's growth is very dependent on Westfield/Meyer Bergman coming good sooner rather than later! Avro

9:20am Fri 23 Nov 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote: It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces.
I've lost count of the times that Maud Marshall and MacRuari went off on their regeneration trips to the South of France and came back saying how impressed everybody was. What concrete evidence of success ever came of it?
the growing momentum behind his company’s Broadway development there had never been a better time for retailers to invest or open in Bradford.

Why do the T&A simply post such tripe?
What growning momentum, nothing has been done in years, the only thing to report of in 4 years is it's transition into a garden, thats not growing momentum.
We've been told Next, Debenhams and M&S have all signed up but we knew that back in 2008, they have just stuck by and stories have been released by this paper rehashing the same crap over and over.
I'm certain the only thing secured on this business trip was a large expenses bill by Reeves n all.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: It can be deemed a success if several business sign up, deeming it a success at this stage is jumping the gun somewaht and will leave alot of egg on peoples faces.[/p][/quote]I've lost count of the times that Maud Marshall and MacRuari went off on their regeneration trips to the South of France and came back saying how impressed everybody was. What concrete evidence of success ever came of it?[/p][/quote][quote]the growing momentum behind his company’s Broadway development there had never been a better time for retailers to invest or open in Bradford.[/quote] Why do the T&A simply post such tripe? What growning momentum, nothing has been done in years, the only thing to report of in 4 years is it's transition into a garden, thats not growing momentum. We've been told Next, Debenhams and M&S have all signed up but we knew that back in 2008, they have just stuck by and stories have been released by this paper rehashing the same crap over and over. I'm certain the only thing secured on this business trip was a large expenses bill by Reeves n all. Thee Voice of Reason

10:06am Fri 23 Nov 12

Freda's mum says...

How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"? Freda's mum

10:43am Fri 23 Nov 12

Whatthejuice says...

Freda's mum wrote:
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
Spot on.
This action by Morrisons turned it from being a Bradford company to just another national corporate company.
[quote][p][bold]Freda's mum[/bold] wrote: How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?[/p][/quote]Spot on. This action by Morrisons turned it from being a Bradford company to just another national corporate company. Whatthejuice

10:44am Fri 23 Nov 12

ANY WHERE BUT HERE says...

Dalton Philips says Morrisons will be staying in Bradford because the people here will work for a pittance and then spend it in'store. Not now Dalton ASDA is open on cemetery road.
Dalton Philips says Morrisons will be staying in Bradford because the people here will work for a pittance and then spend it in'store. Not now Dalton ASDA is open on cemetery road. ANY WHERE BUT HERE

10:56am Fri 23 Nov 12

angry bradfordian says...

Freda's mum wrote:
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre.

The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view!
[quote][p][bold]Freda's mum[/bold] wrote: How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?[/p][/quote]Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre. The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view! angry bradfordian

11:00am Fri 23 Nov 12

RollandSmoke says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Freda's mum wrote:
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre.

The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view!
Do they serve meals at those sleazy Soho bars now then?
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freda's mum[/bold] wrote: How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?[/p][/quote]Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre. The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view![/p][/quote]Do they serve meals at those sleazy Soho bars now then? RollandSmoke

11:09am Fri 23 Nov 12

Avro says...

Whatthejuice wrote:
Freda's mum wrote:
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
Spot on.
This action by Morrisons turned it from being a Bradford company to just another national corporate company.
Morrisons stoped being loyal to Bradford once Ken retired, it just happens that the HO is in Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]Whatthejuice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freda's mum[/bold] wrote: How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?[/p][/quote]Spot on. This action by Morrisons turned it from being a Bradford company to just another national corporate company.[/p][/quote]Morrisons stoped being loyal to Bradford once Ken retired, it just happens that the HO is in Bradford. Avro

11:38am Fri 23 Nov 12

modman61 says...

As per ususal all we get is more talks which have been going on for years. What the majority of folk want is for building work on the Westfield site to start sooner rather than later and get this shopping centre off the ground.
As per ususal all we get is more talks which have been going on for years. What the majority of folk want is for building work on the Westfield site to start sooner rather than later and get this shopping centre off the ground. modman61

11:48am Fri 23 Nov 12

Albion. says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
angry bradfordian wrote:
Freda's mum wrote:
How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?
Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre.

The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view!
Do they serve meals at those sleazy Soho bars now then?
Yes! Tarts are a speciality.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freda's mum[/bold] wrote: How on earth can the CEO of Morrisons go to |London to promote Bradford, when his Company have recently transferred two of their Head Office departments to India, making a lot of loyal Bradford people unemployed? Is this is what is meant by being "two faced"?[/p][/quote]Not just Morrison's who've just made the accounts department redundant and haven't opened a new store in Bradford for at least five years, but also Westfield who've just sold their ownership of the City's non-existent shopping centre. The London businesses were probably sniggering into their free lunch as they watched the hypocrisy on view![/p][/quote]Do they serve meals at those sleazy Soho bars now then?[/p][/quote]Yes! Tarts are a speciality. Albion.

2:02pm Fri 23 Nov 12

bobby98007 says...

Joedavid wrote:
It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time.
By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield?
Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down?
Morrisons are doing quite well, and the reason they have empty units @ Enterprise 5 is not because they are struggling, its the businesses that take up the units that are the problem.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time. By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield? Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down?[/p][/quote]Morrisons are doing quite well, and the reason they have empty units @ Enterprise 5 is not because they are struggling, its the businesses that take up the units that are the problem. bobby98007

5:19pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Idler60 says...

Over the years we have had lots of words and artists impressions. When are we going to see concrete?
Over the years we have had lots of words and artists impressions. When are we going to see concrete? Idler60

5:23pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Avro says...

Doing quite well??

Morrisons of late are NOT doing well.

In Sept they reported a £9m dip in sales against the same period last year, and at the same time, they also anounced that expansion plans were being scaled back!
Doing quite well?? Morrisons of late are NOT doing well. In Sept they reported a £9m dip in sales against the same period last year, and at the same time, they also anounced that expansion plans were being scaled back! Avro

5:23pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

bobby98007 wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time.
By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield?
Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down?
Morrisons are doing quite well, and the reason they have empty units @ Enterprise 5 is not because they are struggling, its the businesses that take up the units that are the problem.
No the business did not have the leases renewed when they came up for renewal earlier this year as Morrisons wanted to expand.
[quote][p][bold]bobby98007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: It is only success if vacancies in Westfield is sold out and they start to build on Monday and get shops open in double quick time. By the way as Morrisons taken space in Westfield? Also if Morrisons doing so well why so much of Enterprise Five closed down?[/p][/quote]Morrisons are doing quite well, and the reason they have empty units @ Enterprise 5 is not because they are struggling, its the businesses that take up the units that are the problem.[/p][/quote]No the business did not have the leases renewed when they came up for renewal earlier this year as Morrisons wanted to expand. Joedavid

5:23pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Avro says...

Doing quite well??

Morrisons of late are NOT doing well.

In Sept they reported a £9m dip in sales against the same period last year, and at the same time, they also anounced that expansion plans were being scaled back!
Doing quite well?? Morrisons of late are NOT doing well. In Sept they reported a £9m dip in sales against the same period last year, and at the same time, they also anounced that expansion plans were being scaled back! Avro

11:33pm Fri 23 Nov 12

room124 says...

"Why do the T&A simply post such tripe"?

Quite simply because it's lazy, easy journalism. Council press releases re-printed as news without question, challenge or comment.
"Why do the T&A simply post such tripe"? Quite simply because it's lazy, easy journalism. Council press releases re-printed as news without question, challenge or comment. room124

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