Bradford Business Together will be making a collaborative effort to help Bradford’s business reach their potential on Wednesday, November 1.

The Bradford Business Together Initiative will be hosted by the University of Bradford’s Norcroft Centre from 3pm to 5pm. 

Bradford’s history as West Yorkshire’s capital for business success is well-known but research from Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston University suggests there is great opportunity to advance growth potential – for the people who live here and the organisations that call it home.  

This ‘Time to Change’ report set out evidence-based recommendations and highlighted the significant growth potential of ethnic minority businesses (EMB’s) to the UK economy if the barriers faced by EMB’s were tackled, the GVA contribution of EMB’s could increase from the current £25 billion a year to £100 billion. 

Bradford Business Together is a response to this challenge, over the next year, NatWest, alongside the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford Council, Business in the Community, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, British Business Bank, FSB and Yorkshire Asian Business Association will work with finance, business, and policy leaders to make sure voices are heard and amplified and to provide direct support for businesses within the city and district to make Bradford Better. 

The schedule for the event is as follows: 

15:00 - 15:30 - Refreshments & Networking 
15:30 - 15:35 - Welcome to the School of Management 
15:35 - 15:40 - Welcome from NatWest 
15:40 - 15:45 - Welcome from Mayor Tracy Brabin 
15:45 - 16:05 - Session with Professor Monder Ram, CRÈME 
16:05 - 16:35 - Panel discussion with Bradford-based businesses 
16:35 - 16:40 - Closing remarks from Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe 
16:40 - 16:45 - Closing remarks from the School of Management 
16:45 - 17:30 – Networking 

To book an e-ticket for the event, get in touch with Bradford Business Together