Chamber backs North Exhibition bid

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind Bradford’s bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.

Bradford is aiming to stage a two-month spectacular to showcase the best of art, culture and design in the North of England to national and international audiences.

Bradford Chamber President Andy Caton, a senior director at Yorkshire Building Society, said:

“This is a great chance for Bradford to place itself not only at the heart of Yorkshire, but also as a key contributor to the Northern Powerhouse.  It’s an opportunity to showcase what the North has to offer to the world and build on other events such as the Tour de France in 2014.  There’s obviously a place for business at the exhibition, highlighting the trail-blazers we keep producing and celebrating Bradford’s entrepreneurial heartbeat.

“We are a Producer City and we’re happy to work with Bradford Council and local businesses on making this happen.  We hope that the bid will highlight the North’s cultural diversity, its rich heritage, and demonstrate outstanding examples of innovation, industry and entrepreneurism.  This exhibition is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we hope that visitors will come from near and far. We’re confident that Bradford’s team will submit a first-class bid and we look forward to working closely with the organisers.”

[NOTE: This story appeared in the Yorkshire Post today, Mon 13 June.]