Bradford Chamber

Your Bradford Chamber representative

Mark Cowgill, Bradford Chamber President

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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 

  1. Karl Oxford, African & Caribbean Business Ventures / BAME Committee Vice Chair
  2. Craig Thomson, Airedale Chemical Company
  3. Suzanne Watson, Approach PR / Bradford Past President
  4. Victoria Wainwright, Azets / Bradford Immediate Past President
  5. Trevor Higgins, Bradford Breakthrough
  6. Asa Gordon, Bradford College
  7. Angela Blake, Bradford Council
  8. Ian Ward, Broadway Shopping Centre
  9. Scott Wilson, Christeyns UK Limited
  10. Mark Cowgill, Bradford President
  11. Saleem Kader, Fabric Wholesalers
  12. Anthony Cope, Finance Yorkshire
  13. Mark Viner, Guyson International Ltd
  14. Nasar Hussain, ITC
  15. Clare Fitzgerald, Keighley College
  16. Debbie Mellor, Keighley Laboratories Limited
  17. Catherine Riley, Kirkgate Centre
  18. Abdul Patel, Lubna Foods
  19. David Crossley, Midland Hotel
  20. Andrew Milnes, Mortgage Advice Bureau
  21. Wayne Cowley, Packetts Insurance Brokers
  22. Nasreen Karim, Platinum Partnership Solicitors / BAME Committee Chair
  23. Graham Sweeney, Schofield Sweeney
  24. Joanne Love, Solenis
  25. Stephen Lowe, Telegraph & Argus & LocaliQ
  26. Mark Yates, Thorite
  27. Professor Zahir, Irani University of Bradford
  28. Rob Lawson, Vanquis Banking Group plc
  29. Matt Rudman, Vectos / Property Forum Chair
  30. Alex Miles, West Yorkshire Learning Providers Limited
  31. James Mason, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  32. Rebecca Fitzgerald, Yorkshire Building Society
  33. Jag Panesar, Xpand

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 & 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.