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Client Networking

We invite you to Bradford Kickstart
Client Networking


Join other Bradford Kickstart clients in a very informal setting – offering an opportunity for networking, share expertise and experiences with buffet dinner. Also meet additional guests from Trading Standards, Marketers, Book Keepers, HMRC, New Enterprise Allowance and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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Apprenticeships For Ethnic Minority Businesses in the Hospitality Sector

Wednesday 11th June 2014, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, @ Level 6 Restaurant, Westbrook Building, Bradford College

Are you an Ethnic Minority Business? Does your business operate in the Hospitality sector? If so please read on….

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), in partnership with City Training Services (Bradford College), would like to invite you to an exclusive roundtable event. Many ethnic minority businesses do not employ Apprentices and are missing out on Government Grants currently available.

This is your personal invitation to attend a FREE event….

Come and hear from keynote speakers about the coalition Government’s flagship Apprenticeships & Traineeships programme. The event will bring together businesses from the sector, a representative of Apprenticeship Providers, the National Apprenticeship Service. An opportunity for you to find out more, ask questions and hear directly from the experts.

Young People, Adults and Businesses from the BAME background are highly under – represented within the Apprenticeship programme.

Research on Apprenticeship Ethnicity shows that only 8.7% of learners were from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background compared to other learning. This identifies the need to increase BAME participation and achievement in Apprenticeships to meet the protected characteristics of race, religion or belief in the Equality Act 2010.

There is evidence that youth population in Leeds and Bradford is forecast to rise sharply and therefore there will be an increase in the BAME population (LCR LEP Labour Market Analysis 2012/13)

By attending this event you will be able to find out more about the Apprenticeship programme, the benefits for you as a Business, but also for you to share with us your experiences/barriers faced when engaging with the Apprenticeship Programme.


4:30pm – Registration and Buffet
5:00pm – Welcome & Introductions
5:05pm – National Apprenticeship Service
5:20pm Bradford College inc. Apprentice
5:40pm – Possible Employer
5:50pm – Q&A
6:00pm – Tour of facilities and opportunity for networking and further questions.

Key Facts:

• The Training for 16-18 year old apprenticeships is fully funded by the Government
• Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles
• Over 200,000 workplaces in England offer Apprenticeships
• Over 500,000 people started an Apprenticeship in 2012/13
What Businesses are saying:
• Apprenticeships help businesses grow their own talent
• Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business
• 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice
• Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce
• If you are a business that employs up to 1000 employees, you may even get a £1500 grant to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16-24 years old.

Places are limited so to find out more and to take part in this exciting opportunity, please R.SV.P your attendance using the following link:

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GRID proves great move for Ahsan

Ahsan al Haq is the owner of on-line sales and marketing experts, He had offices in Leeds and Bradford which he has combined at the GRID*@CBC. Ahsan reckons that it was a smart business move. “The rent is much lower than I was paying before, but I’m getting a great deal more for my money. The GRID*@CBC is a really good set-up. As well as office space it gives me access to meeting rooms. It’s also a smart and professional place, which is great when I have meetings with clients. It provides me with plenty of networking opportunities too. I’ve been in business for 12 years so I don’t need much in the way of support, but if I was new in business, I should imagine it’s really useful.”

For more information you can contact Craig on 01274 732746 or by email to

Join Bradford’s growing Business Network

As the UK economy tries to move into growth, Bradford GRID’s support for small businesses has never been more important. Based at Carlisle Business Centre, the GRID*@CBC provides office space, resources and coaching for a whole host of people who are turning  their business idea into a successful commercial enterprise.

Amongst the GRID’S most popular events are the regular networking lunches which take place on the second Wednesday of the month. “As part of the ‘What’s happening in Bradford initiative?’ we’ve taken our networking lunches out on the road this year,” says Craig Howard, Enterprise Support Officer. “So far we’ve visited Bradford University, Kala Sangam and our June meeting will be at Culture Fusion.”

As well as food, attending a networking lunch provides a perfect, informal opportunity to meet other local business people and tell them about what you do. In short it’s a great way of advertising your business and also of finding partners and suppliers .

The GRID*s at Low Moor and Park Lane also hold regular events.  The monthly membership fee is just £10 or for non-GRID members the cost is £15.

The next Business Networking Lunch takes place on the Wednesday 13th June at 12pm at Culture Fusion.  Speakers include:

Anne Salisbury, Programme Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.

The 10,000 Small Businesses programme is available to businesses in Yorkshire who have fewer than 50 employees and is fully funded by Goldman Sachs. The programme enables businesses to achieve their growth potential. Come along to hear how it may be beneficial to your business.  Please note interested businesses can officially register on the programme on the same day from 6pm at the Carlisle Business Centre.

Paul Colley, CEO of Culture Fusion

Culture Fusion, managed by Bradford YMCA was granted a whopping £5m “Myplace” grant, enabling them to convert what used to be an old mill on Thornton Road and establishing it as a high of the state facility for young people.  Culture Fusion officially opened its doors in November last year and brings over hundred’s of people every week to use its facilities . The centre itself offers meeting spaces, café, ICT room,  a climbing wall, play area, garden and top roof patio.  An opportunity to take a tour of the premises will be included!

Please contact Craig on 01274 732746 or by email to

Is your Business Idea Viable?

Bradford GRID are working with A4E to deliver Enterprise Start Up courses, which are aimed at those looking to explore the possiblity of setting up in their own business. The course offers opportunity to explore your business idea. The course offers an accreditation and non-accreditation route, please see below for eligibility

•Pre-Programme – Initial Discussion with Trainer – Optional Short Workshop Is Self-Employment For Me ?

•Registration for Programme – Learning Plan

•The Programme consists of at least 30 hours of Classroom Learning – 2 days x 3 weeks – plus up to 15 hours of individual learning, 121 and telephone support The course covers:

1.Business Basics and Concepts

2.Business Basics, Structures, Registration, Finalising the Idea and a view of Tax and National Insurance

3. Customers and Marketing

4.Looking After The Money and Introducing the Business Plan

5.Halfway Review

6.The Business Plan and the Detailed Marketing Plan

7.Getting Down to Business, The Practical Day-to-Day and The Legal Bits, Tax and National Insurance Eligibility for the course:

•The Non-accreditation route: for anyone

•Accreditation route: For those on Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Unemployed due to redundancy, Under consultation/risk of redundancy.

Dates for the next course are:

Monday 11th, Monday 18th, Monday 25th June and Monday 2nd, Monday 9th and Monday 16th July 2012.

All the above need to be attended. Venue: Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD To register your interest, please contact or 01274 732746 (excluding Fridays) with your name, email and phone number.