Bradford Chamber

Bradford Chamber of Commerce
Your Bradford Chamber representatives

Suzanne Watson, Bradford Chamber President (left) with Victoria Wainwright, Bradford Chamber Vice President (right)

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Bradford Chamber will give your business a voice – locally, regionally and nationally.

Through our policy and representation department we can champion your cause and be a platform for your ideas and concerns.

Bradford Chamber will:

  • Ensure you are kept up-to-date with Government initiatives and other issues affecting business
  • Lobby on your behalf with key decision makers
  • Keep issues that are a concern to you (e.g. transport, business crime) in minds of policy-makers
  • Gather your views and feed them back to the right people
  • Represent you on various local, sub-regional or regional bodies so your views aren’t ignored.

For more details on our lobbying service or to express concern about an issue, contact Mike Cartwright on 01274 230057 or by email.

Bradford Chamber Leadership Group

Bradford Chamber Leadership Group

Most of this policy-making body is made up of Chamber members that come from businesses like yours.

Talking to businesses around the District helps us identify your needs, and develop policy positions on various issues. The businesses get to feed back key info to their sectors and other networks, while acting as ‘business ambassadors’ for Bradford.

Bradford Chamber Leadership Group 2020

  1. Suzanne Watson, Bradford Chamber President / Approach PR
  2. Victoria Wainwright, Bradford Chamber Vice-President / Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants
  3. Trevor Higgins, Bradford Breakthrough
  4. Ian Ward, Bradford Broadway Limited
  5. Dawn Leak, Bradford College
  6. Shelagh O’Neill, Bradford Council
  7. Nick Garthwaite, Christeyns UK
  8. Mark Cowgill, EXA Networks
  9. Duncan Firman, Gordons LLP
  10. Mark Viner, Guyson International
  11. Jan Ormondroyd, Incommunities Group
  12. Clare Fitzgerald, Keighley College
  13. Steve Kelly, Keighley College
  14. Debbie Mellor, Keighley Laboratories
  15. Catherine Riley, Kirkgate Centre
  16. Abdul Patel, Lubna Foods
  17. Stephen Lowe, Newsquest Bradford
  18. Nasreen Karim, Platinum Partnership Solicitors
  19. Rob Lawson, Provident Financial PLC
  20. Joanne Love, Solenis UK Industries
  21. Mark Yates, Thorite Group
  22. David Spicer, University of Bradford
  23. Jonathan O’Connor, Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors
  24. Alex Miles, West Yorkshire Learning Providers Limited
  25. Marianne McCallum, BPF SG Chair/ WYG
  26. Robert Mellor, Yorkshire Bank
  27. Ashley Price, Yorkshire Building Society

Sandy Needham, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Mark Goldstone, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Mike Cartwright, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Bradford Chamber Leadership Group meets 7 times a year.

Bradford Local Affairs Committee

Bradford Local Affairs Committee

This policy development group meets quarterly, addressing local and regional issues affecting the business landscape.

It supports the work of the main policy body, Bradford Leadership Group (BLG), developing positions on a range of issues affecting business and then lobbying appropriate organisations. The committee is chaired by Mike Martin of TL Dallas.

Most recently, the group received presentations on local perceptions to retail and leisure facilities in Bradford city centre, and the Council’s progress on employment land allocations as part of the Core Strategy.

The group includes some Bradford Leadership Group members, plus others.  A council representative is usually present, too.

Bradford Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Local Affairs Committee 2020

  1. Simon Mydlowski, Gordons LLP
  2. Harry Lingard, Sharp Cutters Ltd
  3. John Steele, University of Bradford
  4. Nick Milner, Royal Bank Of Scotland
  5. Jonathan Noble, Bradford BID
  6. Simon Wilson, BHP LLP
  7. Justin Robinson, Hayfield Robinson Ltd
  8. Catherine Riley, H.I.G. LUXEMBOURG HOLDINGS 79 S.À R.L. C/o Savills UK
  9. Mike Martin, T L Dallas & Co Ltd
  10. Mark Goldstone, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  11. Paul Diakiw, Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors
  12. Nasreen Karim, Platinum Partnership Solicitors
  13. Chris Ing, ING Consulting
  14. Trevor Higgins, Bradford Breakthrough Ltd

To learn more about the Local Affairs Committee or Bradford Chamber Leadership Group contact Mike Cartwright on 01274 230057 or by email.

Professionals' Network

Professionals’ Network

Bi-monthly networking for Bradford professionals.

Bradford Professionals’ Network was created in 2004 for those involved in:

  • Banking/finance
  • Legal services
  • Insurance
  • Surveying
  • Property/planning and construction.

Meetings are held around Bradford usually first thing but occasionally after work too.

For more information follow this link to visit the Professionals Network LinkedIn group.

Alternatively, call 08455 240240 or follow this link to send an email.

Bradford Chamber Charity

Bradford Chamber Charity 2020

The charity selected by Bradford Chamber President, Suzanne Watson is Dance United Yorkshire.

Dance United Yorkshire

(DUY) is a Bradford-based dance and social inclusion organisation focused on connecting the very best of the professional contemporary dance world with marginalised communities across the region. It is our mission to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and adults who are non-dancers and living in challenging circumstances, using the power of dance to transform lives.
The company has a reputation for artistic excellence in cross-sector collaborations that increase access to high quality contemporary dance and respond effectively to the needs of statutory partners in Yorkshire.
Our vision is to produce contemporary dance performances which will appeal to the least culturally engaged as well as attracting knowledgeable dance audiences. This is achieved by commissioning emerging and established choreographers to create high quality work staged in professional venues. This enables participants to excel on stage and ensure positive and sustainable change in their lives.

Dance United Yorkshire
Contact: Helen Linsell, Artistic & Executive Director
Twitter: @DUYorkshire
T: 01274 649404
M: 07775 334098


Bradford & Airedale Manufacturing Alliance

Bradford & Airedale Manufacturing Alliance

The Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance (BAMA) was established to help local manufacturers work together and to ensure their views are properly represented.

BAMA collaborates with other relevant organisations such as Bradford Council, the University of Bradford and Airedale Fab Lab. By working together we can:

  • Bolster manufacturing in the Bradford and Airedale area
  • Identify new business opportunities
  • Enable networking and benchmarking
  • Encourage co-operative working
  • Generate supply opportunities
  • Disseminate information on access to funding
  • Create a forum for members to seek advice
  • Give workforce skills and development guidance
  • Lobby local and national government in support of local manufacturers.

BAMA organises regular networking events featuring keynote speakers relevant to the manufacturing industry. These sessions provide excellent opportunities to source important information on manufacturing and other practical business issues.

If you are a manufacturer and a member of the Chamber, then you are automatically part of BAMA.

Click here to go to the BAMA website.