Bradford in profile

With an economy worth over £10.2 billion, Bradford offers the space, connectivity and talent a growing business demands of a competitive modern city.

Bradford is one of the UK's youngest and fastest-growing cities, generating £10.2 billion of gross value added (GVA) in 2017 – much of which is created by its strong financial and professional services sectors. 

Its highly-skilled middle- and back-office functions complement core businesses for global financial institutions like Santander, as well as home-grown companies like Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, Ecology Building Society and Provident Financial.

As the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, Bradford has strong links to creative industries, film, TV and radio, with a thriving digital sector of more than 700 businesses that employs 4,600 people.

Bradford is home to a significant cluster of market-leading digital and electronic firms as well as key digital innovation initiatives, including Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, the Advanced Digital Institute and the Bradford University-led Digital Health Enterprise Zone.

Bradford's central business district has been rejuvenated, with the iconic fountains and public space of City Park and a £35 million investment in the City Centre Growth Zone, offering large-scale mixed use schemes and Grade A office developments.

As well as attractive incentives and modern amenities, Bradford has the space, connectivity and talent a growing business demands of a competitive modern city.

Despite its rich industrial heritage, Bradford retains its outstanding natural beauty with easy access to countryside, world-renowned UNESCO heritage sites like Saltaire, and offers the spectacular quality of life that the Leeds City Region is famous for.

Invest in Bradford offers detailed information about their district’s economic strengths and growth opportunities.

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