Bradford

Bradford is an extraordinary, energetic and enterprising place. It’s the UK’s youngest city – almost a quarter of the district’s 528,000 population is under 16. It’s also one of the most diverse – some 85 languages are spoken.
 
Meanwhile, the spirit of innovation that built Bradford into a 19th century industrial powerhouse is again coming to the fore.

The Digital Health Enterprise Zone, a £13m partnership led by the University of Bradford and backed by the council, Government and BT, is home to cutting edge advancements that could transform the future of healthcare and lives across the world.

The Digital Exchange and the Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, both in the former textile industry hub of Little Germany, support the growing culture of entrepreneurialism.

The boom in digital innovation is mirrored in advanced manufacturing with 1,300 businesses employing a workforce of 24,700 – the third highest in the UK. Bradford has the highest concentration of advanced engineering and materials jobs in the UK – a true ‘Producer City’.

Morrisons, Yorkshire Building Society, Pace, Provident Financial and Hallmark Cards are all headquartered in Bradford.

Confidence in Bradford’s future was reflected in Westfield’s Broadway – £260m, 570,000 sqft and the only major shopping centre to open in the UK in 2015.

The multi award-winning City Park, opened in 2012, has quickly established itself as Bradford’s focal point – for events big and small, but also as a flexible public space that brings people together day in, day out, rain or shine.

Throw in the facts that Bradford is UNESCO’s first City of Film and home to the National Media Museum, has been UK Curry Capital five years running, and its district – two-thirds countryside – takes in a world heritage site at Saltaire and the world famous Brontë Country, and you can see why we welcome over 13m visitors a year. 

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