Bradford is a vibrant, diverse city, surrounded by picturesque villages and countryside, offering a fantastic combination of energetic city living and relaxed outdoors lifestyles.
Bradford’s flourishing cultural scene is building a big reputation, with the district’s numerous art, film, theatre and museum attractions, as well as a wide range of cuisines and restaurants. In fact the city has been named the Curry Capital of the UK for the last five years in a row! On top of that it also features a Michelin star French restaurant and growing bar scene. The local area even boasts the highest concentration of microbreweries in the country, with 96 in the region!
Bradford was also the first city to be named a UNESCO City of Film and is home to the National Media Museum. Many might not know, but it also has the UK’s first IMAX cinema, which plays host to the city’s star-studded annual film festival.
The distinct Little Germany area of the city, home to over 100 businesses, dates back to the 1850’s and features some stunningly ornate architecture. It was named such following the influx of German merchants and traders keen to take advantage of the city’s flourishing textile trade in the 19th century. The area now attracts 100,000 people a year in tourism. And in a further Germanic link, Bradford is also twinned with Monchengladbach, as well as 5 other cities around the world.
House prices in the area are on average one third less than London, half that of prices in the south east and cater to all tastes, budgets and family sizes.
All of this has brought vast amounts of investment into the city in recent years, with public spaces being upgraded and the continuing development of the centre, with new retail outlets, bars and restaurants.
In an effort to boost footfall and drive growth, £35million has been invested in a 170 hectare area of the city centre, known as the City Centre Growth Zone. A flexible approach to planning, Capital and premises improvement grants and Business rate rebates are just some of the unique financial incentives and benefits offered to businesses within this zone.
The past year has also seen the opening of Westfield’s latest shopping centre, Westfield Broadway, which is helping to turn Bradford into a major shopping and leisure destination.
As this exciting city continues to evolve, it is sure to attract more prestigious and innovative businesses, and new residents looking for a well-balanced life.