The team that delivered Bradford’s record-breaking fifth successive Curry Capital of Britain title picked up more gongs at the Bradford Business Conference. Representatives from the four restaurants involved in this year’s winning bid – Akbar’s at Thornbury, Kipling’s at Greengates, Aakash in Cleckheaton, and Shimla Spice in Keighley- received gilt commemorative plaques from Lynne Holgate, operations director at conference organiser Yorkshire Enterprise Network.
Patricia Tillotson, tourism manager at Visit Bradford, which spearheaded the winning bid, said the local bid had overcome competition from 20 other cities. She said the fifth victory had been particularly pleasing as Bradford’s previous successful bids had been used as blueprints by other finalists, which meant the 2015 bid had to be even more impressive and convincing.
“It’s testament to our team that the organisers of the Curry Capital of Britain competition are using our model as a blueprint for best practice for other cities to use when entering the contest in future years. We’ve really made our mark, and I couldn’t be prouder,” she said.
The presentation was one of a wide range of events, including seminars, workshops, presentations and one-to-one clinics at the Bradford Business Conference held at Bradford College’s Hockney Building.
The event, held in association with the Telegraph & Argus, also included an exhibition with a wide range of companies and organisations represented.
For the first time it featured a ‘revitalise Bradford’ area focusing on the growing number of leisure and hospitality venues which have opened in or near the city centre.
Sheraz Malik, YEN director, said feedback on the event had been positive and he is already looking at plans for next year.
“Most major cities have a regular business conference or event and Bradford needs to have one too. The Bradford Business Conference has generated a lot of interest and is helping put the city on the map. The event also provides a platform for businesses to promote themselves and for key issues facing the district to be aired and debated. The networking element also helps to drive business. We had some delegates from a London software firm drive up for the event and they are seriously considering opening an office in Bradford, which is just great.”