Showcase your business at Dragon Boat Festival

Businesses have an upcoming opportunity to pitch themselves to some of the best Bradford talent of the future in a unique local event.

The National Dragon Boat Youth Championships at Bradford’s Dragon Boat Festival in June is a chance to showcase your business to hundreds of young people. The new education and careers zone on Friday 22 June will provide an already engaged audience of hundreds of youngsters from the UK’s youngest city and you could begin the conversation to help them make their own life changing decisions of the future, whether it’s through apprenticeships, work placements or employment.  You would also be alongside representatives from further and higher education, training schemes, employment and apprenticeship schemes and other businesses to enable networking and sharing of best practice.

Volunteer-led, community-created and charity-focused, Bradford Dragon Boat Festival takes place 22-24 June in Roberts Park, Saltaire.

The weekend is expected to attract 120 teams, 2,000 participants and 50,000 visitors with a media reach of 2 million.

Kersten England, Chief Executive Officer of Bradford Council, said: “This really is a not to be missed opportunity for businesses, educational institutions and careers organisations to all come together on the platform of a major event that is already capturing the imagination not just locally, but across the UK and now even globally.”

If you have something to offer young people and give them the best future possible, think about attending the festival youth day, Friday 22 June.

Click here for more info; or call 0845 293 0897

  • The Bradford Dragon Boat Festival has raised approx. £100,000 for good causes
  • It is a whole community festival, embracing Bradford’s diversity, ethnicity, culture and heritage
  • It has two major media partners, reaching millions

Bradford is now on the International Dragon Boat Federation’s calendar of events, with them particularly highlighting the UK Youth Championships.

Barry Dodd CBE: Tribute

Successful local business man and friend to the Chamber of Commerce, Barry Dodd CBE, has died suddenly in a helicopter crash.

Barry was piloting the aircraft when it crashed into a field at Aldborough, 16 miles north-west of York, on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

Barry became Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in September 2014 and was known throughout the area as a successful entrepreneur and wealth creator, especially interested in creating employment in rural areas. Among his achievements were the creation of the Global Services and Manufacturing Group. He was also pro-chancellor of the University of Hull and chairman of the Hull York Medical School.  Barry had spoken at Chamber events and was also Chair of York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP for six years from 2011.

Bridget Meynell, President of York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Chamber members, staff and myself were devastated to hear of the tragic loss of Barry Dodd.  Barry was one of the good guys, a true gentleman, successful entrepreneur and role model who was hugely supportive of business and the Chamber.  Barry showed great leadership in both business and the wider community, giving up so much of his time to help and support businesses; he was an inspiration to so many people.  His death will leave a deep hole, he is a great loss to Yorkshire and our thoughts are with his family.”

Paying tribute to Mr Dodd, North Yorkshire County Council leader Carl Les said: “Wherever he went Barry was a positive influence.  He carried out his role as Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire with enormous dignity and pride.  He added value wherever he went, helping other organisations and people – he will be greatly missed.”

Health & Well-being seminar – 6 June

The Beating Heart of the Economy

Local businesses are being made aware of an upcoming seminar to help promote occupational health.

The free event on 6 June is aimed at anyone involved in developing, implementing and managing health, safety and well-being; it is open to anyone but will be of particular interest to local employers.

The event has been organised by Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum (BAOHSF) and Bradford University and more information can be found on Eventbrite here.

It takes place at the university’s Norcroft Centre on Richmond Road.

Council procurement policy to boost local spend from 47% to 60%

Your business may be able to benefit from a new policy that will see Bradford Council spending on local suppliers rise from 47% to 60%.

This new policy aims to add an extra £45m into the local economy over the next five years – that means you and your business could gain more work.

Find out more about Bradford Council’s new policy on procurement services at this Bradford Chamber event, 7.30am on Wednesday 16 May.  See below for details.

To book: call 01274 206660 / email (apologies if you’ve already booked – this is a reminder)

Cost: £15 Chamber members / £30 non-members

When: 7.30-9am, Wednesday 16 May 2018

What: Council Procurement Services & Working with Business (aka Social Value & Inclusive Growth)

Who: Duncan Farr & Clare Wilkinson, Bradford Council

Why: To foster an inclusive growth ethos, giving more opportunities to feel the benefit of local public spending; provide assistance and advice for those interested in bidding for work.

Where: Bradford Chamber offices, Vicar Lane, BD1 5AH

The new policy was approved in December and came into force this month. It includes 31 Social Value, Inclusive Growth-orientated measures to choose from when preparing tenders.

  • Above £25,000, the application is discretionary
  • £25,000-£100,000, two measures are applied aimed at supporting the local economy
  • Above £100,000, four measures are applied to also include, for example, social care, community projects or environmental matters
  • Contracts over the EU threshold and more than 2 years in duration should include opportunities for employment, apprenticeships or skills enhancement
  • Social Value equates to 10% of the evaluation decision.

The policy can be found to the top right hand corner of the Council website page here.