Bradford has been named by The Sunday Times as one of the 20 best places for doing business in the UK.
The city came in 15th on the paper’s ‘Best places for business 2020’ guide, beating Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Belfast and Nottingham.
Judges hailed Bradford’s £10.1bn economy and young population, and mentioned that start-up founders are attracted by low commercial rents, good transport infrastructure and fast broadband.
The Sunday Times stated that ‘Recent years have seen regeneration sweep through Bradford’ and that ‘A range of redevelopment projects are part of a programme to add an extra £4bn to the economy by 2030’.
Bradford Council’s Chief Executive, Kersten England was noted as a key ‘Influencer’ and the authority’s financial support schemes for small businesses were highlighted.
Last year Bradford was named the most improved city in the UK to live and work by PwC, and in 2018 the city was hailed the best city in the UK to start a business by analysts from Barclays bank.
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We are very pleased to see that once again Bradford is being tipped as a great place to do business.
“Our growth schemes have been very successful in helping businesses create hundreds of new jobs and our broader economic strategy has been designed to create the right environment for businesses to flourish.”
Bradford scores 16% higher than the national average for broadband speeds making it one of the best places to start a new online business. Dewsbury and Castleford also score significantly above the national average resulting in West Yorkshire becoming one of the UK’s digital hubs.
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