Bradford Beyond 2017: A Forum For Debate On City’s Future

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Bradford Beyond 2017: A Forum For Debate On City’s FutureBradford has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years – but it is acknowledged by everyone involved that the city still faces many challenges.

YEN Expo (previously Bradford Business Conference) has traditionally provided a platform for examining the progress made from a business perspective and a forum for sharing new ideas to promote future growth.
This panel session always proves to be one of the most popular on the conference agenda and is guaranteed to spark some heated debate!

Building on last year’s Bradford’s “New Direction” panel, ‘Bradford Beyond 2017’ examines the health of the city’s economy at this point in its revival and discusses the role it has to play in the Leeds City Region and the wider Yorkshire region.

These highly successful panel sessions started out with discussions of “Bradford: What’s Next?” in 2014 and “Bradford NOW” in 2015, when the city was in a very different place both economically and in terms of business optimism and public perception.

But is the momentum being sustained or has the revival peaked? What are the plans to build on the achievements of recent years to sustain growth?
A successful economy requires skills and education to match the right people to the right jobs. How is Bradford improving workplace skills across the district?

The “Bradford Beyond 2017” session is an open forum to discuss the business landscape of the city and what the future holds. It offers a superb opportunity to engage with some of Bradford’s leading stakeholders – including some previous participants and some new faces.

Session Panellists are:

• Bradford Council Chief Executive, Kersten England
• Bradford College Chief Executive, Andy Welsh
• President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Nick Garthwaite
• Former Bradford South MP and Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, (now Director of Sutcliffe Swales Consultants and a YEN Patron)
• Successful businessman, Amjad Pervez, founding partner of Seafresh
• General Manager of Bradford’s The Broadway Shopping Centre, Ian Ward, who is Chairing the recently-launched Bradford BID initiative.

Panel host Gerry Sutcliffe says: “Bradford is an amazing place and has exciting opportunities for the future as long as there is a unity of purpose and goodwill to resolve important issues. YEN Expo provides the perfect platform to help us forge a brighter future.”

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