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. Robert Mellor, Yorkshire Bank
  2. Joanne Love, Solenis UK Industries Limited
  3. Nick Garthwaite, Christeyns UK Ltd
  4. Duncan Firman, Gordons LLP
  5. Abdul Patel, Lubna Foods Ltd
  6. Liam Sutton, University of Bradford
  7. Ian Ward, Bradford Broadway Limited
  8. Shelagh O’Neill, Bradford Council
  9. Ashley Price, Yorkshire Building Society
  10. Rob Lawson, Provident Financial PLC
  11. Victoria Wainwright, Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants
  12. Jan Ormondroyd, Incommunities Group Ltd
  13. Suzanne Watson, Approach PR
  14. Catherine Riley, H.I.G. LUXEMBOURG HOLDINGS 79 S.À R.L. C/o Savills UK
  15. Mark Viner, Guyson International Ltd
  16. Trevor Higgins, Bradford Breakthrough Ltd
  17. Andy Caton, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  18. Mark Cowgill, EXA Networks Ltd
  19. Jonathan O’Connor, Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors
  20. Nasreen Karim, Platinum Partnership Solicitors
  21. Andrew Cook, Handelsbanken – Bradford
  22. Debbie Mellor, Keighley Laboratories Ltd
  23. Dawn Leak, Bradford College
  24. Marianne McCallum, WYG
  25. Mark Yates, Thomas Wright / Thorite Group Ltd
  26. Stephen Lowe, Newsquest Bradford Ltd
  27. Steve Kelly, Keighley College

President: Suzanne Watson

Vice President: Victoria Wainwright

Bradford Chamber Leadership Group meets 7 times a year.

Bradford Leadership Group Elections 2020

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

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.