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Living And Working In Bradford

The city of Bradford is in northern England and situated in West Yorkshire. It is a large city with a growing population and is an ethnically diverse area with over 160 languages spoken in the district. It is approximately 220 miles from London and an average journey by rail will take less than four hours to the capital. Leeds Bradford Airport, which is Yorkshire’s largest airport, is in the nearby city of Leeds.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
February 15, 2024

The city of Bradford is in northern England and situated in West Yorkshire. It is a large city with a growing population and is an ethnically diverse area with over 160 languages spoken in the district. It is approximately 220 miles from London and an average journey by rail will take less than four hours to the capital. Leeds Bradford Airport, which is Yorkshire’s largest airport, is in the nearby city of Leeds.

Bradford rose to prominence during the time of the Industrial Revolution as a centre for textiles, in particular wool production. The abundance of water from  local rivers and streams powered the textile mills which led to rapid industrial growth and urbanisation in the 19th century. Bradford continued to grow and was once the largest employer in the region, attracting workers from all over the UK. During the 19th and part of the 20th century, Bradford was experiencing significant economic prosperity which in turn increased wealth and innovation. Once textiles began to decline, other industries became popular such as engineering, printing and clerical jobs.

Now modern Bradford has a large economy worth several billion pounds. Many businesses here produce a notable turnover and Bradford has been identified as one of the best places in Britain to start a business. Furthermore, Bradford is home to several well known and successful companies. The thriving city has diversified its economy , focusing on sectors which include advanced engineering, chemicals, financial services, digital and IT, automotive components, healthcare and food manufacturing. The Economic Strategy for Bradford is focused on growing the economy of the city through various plans, investment, innovation and through their strongest asset - the people of Bradford.

The popular University of Bradford, founded in 1966 has its campus in the city and attracts students from over 130 different countries, propelling them towards academic excellence. It is renowned for its research, commitment to diversity and a wide range of courses.

Bradford has been named as the City of Culture 2025 which will deliver well over one thousand new performances, artists, events and festivals which will celebrate Bradford’s rich heritage, the people and the exciting visions of the city’s future. 2022 was the 125 year anniversary of Bradford being awarded its city status of which the city is very proud. It has also been recognised as being the youngest city in Europe with a third of the population being under twenty years of age and is firmly committed to the growth of the young people of the city.

The city has several fascinating attractions, many of which are steeped in history. Places well worth a visit include the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford Industrial Museum and Salts Mill with the UNESCO listed Saltaire Village. Markets, independent shops, well known high street names and a fantastic variety of places to eat and drink all make for a good day of retail therapy.

Bradford may be an exciting and busy city bursting with life but it is surrounded by picturesque villages and the widely known ‘Bronte Country’ with its wildly beautiful and atmospheric moors famed by the writings of the Bronte Family who lived in the nearby village of Haworth. Ilkley Moor is a great place to appreciate the wonderful views with its famous attraction, the Cow and Calf Rocks. A short drive will take you to the foothills of the stunning Yorkshire Dales.The whole area is popular with cyclists, walkers, nature lovers and holiday makers who wish for a peaceful break which is rich in history.

The city offers an affordable option for those wishing to seek a balanced lifestyle with plenty of history, character, culture and diverse opportunities in a beautiful setting.

The Next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on February 22nd between 10am - 2pm. The venue is The Great Victoria Hotel, Bridge Street BD1 1JX. This beautiful and atmospheric hotel brings together the Victorian grandeur and combines it with contemporary and modern elegance and is conveniently situated in the heart of the city.

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