New £12 million scheme to set up University Enterprise Zone could be a 'game-changer' for Bradford

New £12 million scheme to set up University Enterprise Zone could be a 'game-changer' for Bradford

Dr Liam Sutton from Bradford University outside Bradford Design Exchange, Little Germany

Dr Liam Sutton from Bradford University outside Bradford Design Exchange, Little Germany

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A NEW £12 million scheme to set up a 'University Enterprise Zone' in Bradford has the potential to be a "game-changer" for the city, the leader of the council has said.

The zone, which will focus on the expanding tele-health and tele-social care sector, is being created by Bradford University, Bradford Council and BT.

It has won financial backing from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and could create up to 2,100 jobs.

Speaking at a meeting of the Executive yesterday, council leader Councillor David Green said: "I think it has got great potential to be a bit of a game-changer in the local economy."

The Executive approved a plan to hand over one of its buildings, the Design Exchange in Little Germany, to the university as part of the project.

The building, worth an estimated £1.1million, will be turned into a centre for the research and development of hardware and software for the health care industry.

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8:15am Wed 23 Jul 14

sorrow&anger says...

"Could be a game changer". How many times have we heard this before; and coming from a man who after 18 months still can't find a Bradford based entrepreneur to run his precious 'Producer City' initiative. Until Bradford fixes the basics, dereliction, health, education, and congestion, it will never regenerate.
"Could be a game changer". How many times have we heard this before; and coming from a man who after 18 months still can't find a Bradford based entrepreneur to run his precious 'Producer City' initiative. Until Bradford fixes the basics, dereliction, health, education, and congestion, it will never regenerate. sorrow&anger
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8:37am Wed 23 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Very good news but cannot be in isolation. More needs to be done to attract the next and the next and the next development.
Very good news but cannot be in isolation. More needs to be done to attract the next and the next and the next development. JAtkinson
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2:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
"Could be a game changer". How many times have we heard this before; and coming from a man who after 18 months still can't find a Bradford based entrepreneur to run his precious 'Producer City' initiative. Until Bradford fixes the basics, dereliction, health, education, and congestion, it will never regenerate.
Our chronic road congestion and neglected train infrastucture and services should be key priorities but where is the inertia by the Council to do anything meaningful? Where are the schemes to widen the main arterial routes to the city centre? Where are the proposals to turn our so-called ring road into a high capacity fast flowing route? Where are the plans to get the local rail routes upgraded and electrified and new stations opened? Bradford seems to be far too complacent and ready to accept little or nothing with local politicians only bothered about their own constituencies and the local authority packed full of unmotivated time-servers. Other major towns and cities have left Bradford well behind.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: "Could be a game changer". How many times have we heard this before; and coming from a man who after 18 months still can't find a Bradford based entrepreneur to run his precious 'Producer City' initiative. Until Bradford fixes the basics, dereliction, health, education, and congestion, it will never regenerate.[/p][/quote]Our chronic road congestion and neglected train infrastucture and services should be key priorities but where is the inertia by the Council to do anything meaningful? Where are the schemes to widen the main arterial routes to the city centre? Where are the proposals to turn our so-called ring road into a high capacity fast flowing route? Where are the plans to get the local rail routes upgraded and electrified and new stations opened? Bradford seems to be far too complacent and ready to accept little or nothing with local politicians only bothered about their own constituencies and the local authority packed full of unmotivated time-servers. Other major towns and cities have left Bradford well behind. basil fawlty
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