Bradford is large, young and growing. With its unrivaled location at the heart of the UK, skilled workforce, world renowned University School of Management and competitive property prices, it’s no surprise Bradford is the HQ destination of the north.
For lifestyle, Bradford has it all; from the first UNESCO city of film; Michelin star restaurants; award winning museums and galleries to stunning Yorkshire countryside.
This is why businesses choose to invest here.
This is why talent chooses to live here.
Bradford is located at the heart of the UK. Two thirds of the district is steeped in breath taking countryside with numerous charming villages nestled into beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
The city’s grand Victorian architecture and cultural diversity are testaments to the district’s celebrated history as a world leader in wool and textile manufacturing. But it’s not just our history that we’re proud of. Bradford district is one of diversity and contrasts; where over 524,000 people live in one of the UK’s most charismatic, youngest and fastest growing cities.
Bradford really is an area of surprises. The district offers comparatively low living and business set-up costs and a well-balanced good quality of life. Bradford is one of the youngest, fastest growing energetic cities in the UK. Investment is pouring into the centre with new retail outlets, bars and restaurants being developed at an ever growing pace.
The proximity of Bradford city to the wider district and countryside means that you can have the best of both in just a short commute
Bradford has the third largest economy in Yorkshire at £8.3 billion per year and is projected to grow at more than £9.6 billion in the next 12 months
A number of major companies have their headquarters in the district including Morrisons, Yorkshire Building Society, Provident Financial, Hallmark Cards, Pace, Freeman Grattan Holdings and Yorkshire Water. Over 40 large companies are headquartered in the District employing 370,000 people across the UK with a combined turnover of £30billion.
Bradford is a Producer City. There are 1300 manufacturing businesses in Bradford employing 24,700 people, accounting for 12.8% of all employees, compared to 9.8% in Great Britain as a whole.
Bradford is a centre for Digital Technologies with companies such as Pace – the world’s number one designer and manufacturer of digital set-top boxes, and Radio Design – award winning world leaders in wireless telecommunications product design. The term “World Wide Web” was first used in a journal published by the Bradford based publisher Emerald.
Bradford University has been named as the number one university for graduate-level employment in Yorkshire and is in the top 20 nationally, as listed by the Sunday Times University Guide 2013.
Bradford’s broadband speed is the highest of any city in the UK and is set to improve. Bradford is investing heavily in ultrafast broadband, 4G and city centre Wi-Fi to further improve access.