REPRESENTATIVES from Bradford’s night-time economy are coming together to make the city a more enjoyable place after 5pm.

Bradford at Night will see every sector - including pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels, amongst others - working together to make Bradford’s evening experience a key focus of its post-Covid revival.

It has been created by Bradford Business Improvement District (BID) but will operate independently.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alison Lowe OBE speaking at the launch of Bradford at NightAlison Lowe OBE speaking at the launch of Bradford at Night

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire, is patron of Bradford at Night, which was launched before guests at the Midland Hotel yesterday.

Ms Lowe said: “Bradford has everything you need for a great night, no matter your taste or interests.

“If you think Bradford isn’t great, I’d say give it a go - don’t just listen to naysayers.

“I’ve been out in Bradford many a night and had great times - there are lots of warm and wonderful people, and I’ve never felt unsafe here.

“Everyone will have their own experience - I respect that. But Bradford is a brilliant, multi-cultural city which has something for everyone.”

Ms Lowe added that, should people find themselves in trouble on a night out in Bradford, support is available.

“Things can go wrong in any city - there are lots of ways to get help if they ever do”, she said.

“We have Ask for Angela, which ensures anybody at a pub, bar or club will be able to seek help from trained staff.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Elizabeth Murphy at the launchElizabeth Murphy at the launch

“They can get you a taxi and somewhere to plug your phone in.

“If you don’t want to go to a pub or club, there are other places, for example the police station.

“I think Bradford is very safe – please see for yourself, you’ll be surprised at how much fun you have.”

Bradford at Night Director, Dave Downes, added: “Bradford is going through an exciting period – with the City of Culture shortlisting and new venues such as Bradford Live opening soon.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dave Downes speaking at the launchDave Downes speaking at the launch

“It is vital that it grows and thrives. We want to create an ambitious city with high-class entertainment and varied businesses and investment opportunities to bring about economic growth.”

A long list of projects, to be overseen by Bradford at Night, is already underway, including the launch of monthly meetings for hoteliers and entertainment destinations and the relaunch of Pubwatch.

Bradford at Night will also have a website including resources for members, and will be organising events to bring people into the city centre, including a Foodie Fortnight and live music weekends.