On Friday, 16 September, you can help Bradford’s bid by using Twitter or Instagram. Share what you love about Bradford’s arts, culture and design. Use the hashtag #GreatNorthExpo2018.
You might have a favourite place in Bradford, or you might have photos or videos from a local event you have been too. Post your photos or videos to Twitter or Instagram, including the #GreatNorthExpo2018 hashtag to show your support for Bradford’s bid.
We also have a hashtag specific for Bradford’s bid to host the exhibition, which is #BradfordGXn. If you can fit both hashtags into your tweets or Instagram posts, that would be even better.
If you use links to the old website, after mid-September the links may not work. You will need to start using new links. The easiest way to find the correct new link for a page is to use the website search on our new website.
Did you know that Bradford has a £9.2 billion economy, the eighth largest in England?
As the district’s top business leaders and companies were recognised at the Bradford Means Business awards in June, and in July Bradford was named one of the top 10 places to work in the UK, we thought we’d seize the moment and share some evidence to show that Bradford really is on the up. But how has this come about and what do the key statistics tell us?
Bradford plays a key role in the regional economy, with 46,000 people commuting between Leeds and Bradford each day. This is the largest flow between any two cities in the UK. Over 40 large companies are headquartered in the Bradford district, employing 370,000 people across the UK with a combined turnover of £30 billion – impressive numbers for sure.
Economic growth since 2008 has outstripped regional and national averages and we have seen a 70% increase in foreign investment in Bradford in the last year. The district’s Job Seekers claimant rate has reduced by a significant 22% in the last 12 months, which compares very favourably to the UK average drop of 7.1%.
What has driven this growth?
The £35 million City Centre Growth Zone has played a key role, offering unique financial incentives and benefits to businesses. The result has seen a real expansion in business activity and an increase in footfall rates across the city centre with 250 businesses creating over 465 new jobs in the city centre. Coupled with the opening of the Broadway shopping centre which is projected to attract an additional 9 million shoppers a year, this positive outlook and growth has made the city centre a very attractive proposition to both businesses and visitors. Plans are underway for further large-scale mixed use schemes and Grade A office developments with negotiations taking place with private sector partners.
We went to the heart of Bradford’s independent quarter to see the positive impact of Growth Zone funding on thriving business and social enterprise Forks Café. We spoke to Jon Royle, Chief Executive of the Bridge Project which owns Forks Café who explained, “Since we opened Forks Café we’ve had a fantastic reception from the public and local business community. We usually appear in the top 10 Bradford restaurants on Trip Advisor and we’ve provided dozens of our beneficiaries with structured work experience, many of whom have gone on to find full time jobs. Without the support of the Growth Zone none of this would have been possible. Thanks to the investment from Bradford Council we’ve opened a popular business that achieves important social outcomes.” Continue reading Enterprising Bradford→
You won’t need to download an updated version of the app from the App Store to see these new locations. You will just need to make sure the content of your app is up-to-date. If you are using the app over Wi-Fi, the content will regularly update automatically. If you are using your mobile data, you may need to update the content manually. Simply tap on the updates menu along the bottom of the app, and then tap the downward arrow next to each item to download the updates.
Once your app content is up-to-date, you will see new location categories for free public Wi-Fi, Pokémon GO Gyms and Pokémon GO PokéStops. Just tap on the Locations tile on the app homepage and you will see all the location categories.
Find Bradford Council’s free public Wi-Fi points
Now you will be able to easily use our app to find our free Wi-Fi in the Bradford district. You can browse a list of our public Wi-Fi points, or view them all pinned on the map. If you enter a search term, both the list and the area map will be filtered to match your search.
At Bradford Festival this weekend you can get notifications on your phone about activities and performances that are about to begin as well as other festival information.
Your phone (or tablet) will need:
The latest version of the Bradford Council app. It has been updated this week to version 5.4.6 on Android and version 7.3.11 on iOS.
Bluetooth turned on.
A data connection, either through your own 3G/4G or via the free City Park Wi-Fi.
If you have all those things, you’ll be able to get our festival notifications.
The first time you walk into City Park during the festival you will get a push notification asking you if you want to subscribe to festival alerts.
If you open this notification and subscribe to further alerts, you will then get notifications at the relevant times for things that are about to start. Each message will give you an option to unsubscribe if you no longer want to get the notifications.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Bradford on this project. The expertise of their mobile technology staff has been brilliant.
To send these notifications just to people within a small area we are using iBeacons owned by the University. The beacons are small battery-powered transmitters in fixed locations which emit a Bluetooth signal. This signal is detected by our app and this creates each alert sent to your device.
We’re really keen to trial new technology to improve the way we communicate with people and to enhance people’s experience and enjoyment of events. That’s why we are also trying out Snapchat for the first time at this year’s Bradford Festival.
We are about to start working on a replacement for our events website. We have a list of improvements we want to make, but we would like to know if you have any suggestions to help it work better for you.
Have you used our online What’s On guide to find local events? Have you used it to submit your own local events to the guide? If so, we would like to know if you have a wish list of ways you think it could work better.
Some of the things that we already have on our list of improvements are:
Make it mobile friendly so it works as well on your phone as it does on your PC
Better filtering, so you can filter by more than one criteria
Improved sharing options to make it easier for you to share events with friends
If you want to have a look at our current What’s On website before giving us your ideas, you can find it at www.bradford.gov.uk/events.
There are several ways you can send us your suggested improvements for the What’s On guide. From this page you can send us a private message using the contact form below or leave a public comment at the bottom of the page. Alternatively you can tweet@bradfordmdc or contact us on Facebook with your ideas.
From 16 to 22 May it’s Learning at Work Week. In this guest blog, Tosin Akomolafe, placement student in the Council’s HR department, tells us about what she learnt during her placement here, part of her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Bradford. Over to Tosin…
My name is Oluwatosin Akomolafe. I go by the short version of my name – Tosin. I am a Nigerian lady who enjoys photography, discussing politics, travelling and learning new things. I moved to England last year for my Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Bradford.
I recently finished a placement at the Human Resources (HR) Department of the Bradford Council and here is a brief overview of my experience. This placement has afforded me opportunities to learn beyond the classroom and fulfil my desire for a practical experience in the public sector.
One of the reasons I chose the University of Bradford for my Master’s degree was the learning approach and opportunity for placement, which is rare for a one-year master’s degree in other universities. The module is called professional practice.
Since my first semester at the University, I had been looking forward to the professional practice or placement. On being accepted for placement at the HR department of Bradford Council, I became anxious because my mind was raising all sorts of reasons why it may not work out. However, on talking with Elaine Mallinson, an apprentice officer, my anxiety was reduced. She was so helpful. She told me about what they do in the department, different units and how my time would involve learning from different teams, shadowing and attending meetings.
There are elections on Thursday, 5 May. If you will be voting on the day you will have been sent a poll card before the election telling you where to vote. If you need to check which polling station you should vote at, you can see all Bradford District polling stations on our website.
All polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
We launched the beta version of our website on Monday, 29 February 2016. Since then almost 2,000 people have visited the website, and many of those visitors have sent us very useful feedback about the website’s design and information.
What information is on the new website?
We have moved our most used information and online forms onto our new website. This makes up almost 50% of the content that we know needs moving. We’ll be moving the rest in the coming months. While reviewing our content we have also taken the opportunity to work with Council departments to rewrite web pages in plain English.
What to do if you can’t find what you’re looking for
If you haven’t found what you want on our new website, it is possible that we haven’t yet moved that content from our old website. Please try the website search. We’ve added a link to the bottom of the search results on our new website so that you can search our old site for the information.
Will there be broken links?
The way our new website makes web page addresses (known as URLs) is different to the way our old website worked. Every page on our new website has a different URL to the corresponding page on the old site. This means that all existing links to, or between, pages on our old website have now changed. Continue reading Making our new website live→