Producer City drive for Bradford cannot just be a 'talking shop', Council leader is warned

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Producer City drive for Bradford cannot just be a 'talking shop', Council leader is warned Producer City drive for Bradford cannot just be a 'talking shop', Council leader is warned

A drive to turn Bradford into a ‘Producer City’ cannot just become another talking shop, councillors have warned.

The authority’s leader, Councillor David Green (Lab), faced tough questions at a meeting of Bradford Council’s Governance and Audit Committee yesterday.

He told them while the Council would be funding the business drive at the outset, he hoped the private sector would also start to contribute resources once it was established.

The committee heard how the initiative aimed to build on the district’s solid foundation in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Councillor Michelle Swallow (Lab) said while she liked the idea of the Producer City, she thought the plans sounded too “airy-fairy” and she had some concerns about how they would work in reality.

“Having lived in Bradford most of my life and having worked in high-end electrical manufacturing also”, Coun Swallowfailed to see how they would get businesses to contribute to the scheme.

“Yes, it is great to have a launch and to have a partnership board but we need to make sure it becomes a great resource and not just a talking shop.”

Coun Green acknowledged there was “a danger” of this happening.

He said: “Too often some of the partnerships and the groups we set up are a great place to have a cup of coffee and a chin-wag, and you see some of the minutes that come out and think, ‘What are you actually doing at the end of that meeting?’ “But everybody who is committed to this is committed to making sure it is a ‘doing’ board’, not a talking board.”

Councillor Howard Middleton (Liberal Democrat) said he thought there were too many public sector members on the board.

But Coun Green said there were more private sector members, including someone from Bradford Chamber and five chief executives of major companies.

Outside the meeting, Councillor Glen Miller, leader of the Conservatives, said he didn’t like the fact that there would be no board member from his opposition party, saying there would be no political balance on the board.

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9:51am Sat 11 Jan 14

Banni2 says...

Has long as no money is wasted by paying consultant fees, then I think the bringing of business minds together for further development is a productive step to be taken. More good news for our City.
Has long as no money is wasted by paying consultant fees, then I think the bringing of business minds together for further development is a productive step to be taken. More good news for our City. Banni2
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11:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

The Tories have spent the decades since1980 systematically destroying this country's industrial base by their unquestioning support for shareholder value and City greed. Coun. Green is being entirely sensible excluding Coun. Miller and his kind from any initiatives designed at bringing industrial prosperity back to Bradford.
The Tories have spent the decades since1980 systematically destroying this country's industrial base by their unquestioning support for shareholder value and City greed. Coun. Green is being entirely sensible excluding Coun. Miller and his kind from any initiatives designed at bringing industrial prosperity back to Bradford. Grumpygirl
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11:29am Sat 11 Jan 14

sorrow&anger says...

At last even members of his own party recognise that Cllr. Green's ideas are never anything other than expensive talking shops designed to give the illusion of activity.

Before wasting any more of our money Cllr. Green should ask himself why any high tech company would want to move it's high skill workforce to Bradford. Recruitment will be impossible because of our low-skill workforce; we have some of the worst and most corrupt schools in the country; our roads are amongst the most crowded in Europe; our hospital is a disgrace; our streets are awash with crime; every other shop is shut or full of machines for laundering drug money; and what little countryside is left Cllr. Green is building on as fast as he can. On the plus side, there is, of course, the curry.

Cllr. Green should start fixing the basics. Once the city has regenerated and looks like less of a dump then he can start thinking about attracting some new industry.
At last even members of his own party recognise that Cllr. Green's ideas are never anything other than expensive talking shops designed to give the illusion of activity. Before wasting any more of our money Cllr. Green should ask himself why any high tech company would want to move it's high skill workforce to Bradford. Recruitment will be impossible because of our low-skill workforce; we have some of the worst and most corrupt schools in the country; our roads are amongst the most crowded in Europe; our hospital is a disgrace; our streets are awash with crime; every other shop is shut or full of machines for laundering drug money; and what little countryside is left Cllr. Green is building on as fast as he can. On the plus side, there is, of course, the curry. Cllr. Green should start fixing the basics. Once the city has regenerated and looks like less of a dump then he can start thinking about attracting some new industry. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 4

4:42am Sun 12 Jan 14

Steve30d says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
At last even members of his own party recognise that Cllr. Green's ideas are never anything other than expensive talking shops designed to give the illusion of activity.

Before wasting any more of our money Cllr. Green should ask himself why any high tech company would want to move it's high skill workforce to Bradford. Recruitment will be impossible because of our low-skill workforce; we have some of the worst and most corrupt schools in the country; our roads are amongst the most crowded in Europe; our hospital is a disgrace; our streets are awash with crime; every other shop is shut or full of machines for laundering drug money; and what little countryside is left Cllr. Green is building on as fast as he can. On the plus side, there is, of course, the curry.

Cllr. Green should start fixing the basics. Once the city has regenerated and looks like less of a dump then he can start thinking about attracting some new industry.
The Fab Lab in Keighley could demonstate exactly what you're on about Producer industry. Last time I was up for the community access session there there wasn't any *signs* outside the mill pointing to where it was. That's pretty darn basic if you want people to find it, and would fixing that take that much cash? Probably didn't help that for some reason the mill's main gate was closed when I turned up and it just looked like just annother run down/semi derelict mill, in an area that I doubt many would be happy walking around during daylight let alone after dark. Inside the staff were pretty OK, but externally it's as if it's some kind of secret, that the population of Bradford MDC aren't really supposed to know the existance of. Except as elections aproach?
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: At last even members of his own party recognise that Cllr. Green's ideas are never anything other than expensive talking shops designed to give the illusion of activity. Before wasting any more of our money Cllr. Green should ask himself why any high tech company would want to move it's high skill workforce to Bradford. Recruitment will be impossible because of our low-skill workforce; we have some of the worst and most corrupt schools in the country; our roads are amongst the most crowded in Europe; our hospital is a disgrace; our streets are awash with crime; every other shop is shut or full of machines for laundering drug money; and what little countryside is left Cllr. Green is building on as fast as he can. On the plus side, there is, of course, the curry. Cllr. Green should start fixing the basics. Once the city has regenerated and looks like less of a dump then he can start thinking about attracting some new industry.[/p][/quote]The Fab Lab in Keighley could demonstate exactly what you're on about Producer industry. Last time I was up for the community access session there there wasn't any *signs* outside the mill pointing to where it was. That's pretty darn basic if you want people to find it, and would fixing that take that much cash? Probably didn't help that for some reason the mill's main gate was closed when I turned up and it just looked like just annother run down/semi derelict mill, in an area that I doubt many would be happy walking around during daylight let alone after dark. Inside the staff were pretty OK, but externally it's as if it's some kind of secret, that the population of Bradford MDC aren't really supposed to know the existance of. Except as elections aproach? Steve30d
  • Score: 1

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