The 2015 Bradford Business Conference – the biggest event in the district’s business calendar – will be held in the stunning new multi-million pound David Hockney building of Bradford College.
Preparations are now well underway for the conference, run by Yorkshire Enterprise Network, and the Telegraph & Argus, which takes place on Thursday, October 29, from 8am to 5pm. This year’s event promises to be the most exciting and interactive yet – with well over 1,000 delegates expected to take part. The conference has grown in size and prestige since its inception four years ago, enabling local companies, big and small, to showcase their products and services, as well as bringing together businesses and organisations for the day to discuss new ideas and develop opportunities.
Major partners include Bradford Council, Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford College, Malik House Business Centres and L4NUK women’s networking group. The focus will be on the Bradford renaissance, highlighting the investment in the city over the past 12 months. There will be a spotlight on the hospitality sector which has been at the forefront of the growth, giving delegates chance to experience what Bradford’s newest bars, eateries and other venues have to offer.
YEN Director Sheraz Malik said: “Last year’s conference theme was very much looking forward, as we examined the question: “What next for Bradford?” Since then, so much has been achieved and we are seeing all the hopes and dreams expressed coming to fruition in the biggest revival Bradford has seen in recent years. New businesses have been springing up across the city, underpinned by the Council’s City Centre Growth Zone scheme. The long-awaited Westfield Shopping Centre is ready to open on Broadway just a week after the conference. We felt that this year’s event should celebrate those successes and focus on the positive outcomes with a theme of ‘Bradford Now’.”
The £60m venue is extremely fitting as the new David Hockney campus is, itself, a symbol of the city’s regeneration. The six-storey eco-friendly building, on Great Horton Road, was ready to welcome learners in September 2014, providing an innovative and technology-rich learning environment in the heart of the city. Named after one of Bradford College’s famous alumni, the internationally-acclaimed artist and Yorkshire Icon, David Hockney, it has transformed the learner experience using new styles of learning, which embrace cutting-edge technologies. Access to this state-of-the-art venue has taken the technological functions of the Bradford Business Conference to new levels with the event set to be shared online with a potential audience of over a million viewers. Sponsors’ promotional banners will be seen from far and wide through the building’s contemporary glass frontage. Touch screens and interactive boards will, for the first time, allow delegates to navigate through the conference and view information on seminars, speakers and exhibitors on the day.
Different levels of sponsorship offer a range of benefits, including comprehensive marketing activity via the BBC15 website, plus newsletters and social media, as well as extensive coverage in the Telegraph & Argus print and online platforms. This includes advertising in a full colour supplement published on the Thursday before the event, (October 22nd) outlining the full programme of speakers and workshops.
There will be seminars and speakers throughout the day with the city’s top panel session and successful entrepreneurs providing the secrets of their success. Bradford Chamber of Commerce will host the first networking session from 8am to 10am. There will be a session run by L4N UK – the businesswomen’s networking organisation which is forging new links with YEN to open up wider networking opportunities to female entrepreneurs.
Bookings are also being taken for exhibition stands and, with demand always very high, these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mr Malik added: “The conference provides a great platform for any business or organisation to expose their brand, offering a massive local and Yorkshire-wide audience in which to present their business message. With an even bigger and better exhibition space, Bradford businesses can book as an exhibitor or sponsor and take advantage of our unique exhibitor benefits from pre-event PR to being part of the legacy of BBC15.”