Bradford Success Takes Centre Stage At North Parade Networking Event

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Businesses will learn about the benefits of screen and television exposure at this month’s Yorkshire Enterprise Network event.

Organised by YEN and the Telegraph & Argus, it takes place on Thursday, July 30, at The Beerhouse on North Parade, one of the city’s recently opened Independent Quarter venues.

The first key speaker will be award-winning businesswoman Jane Vincent of Candelisa People who became a household name after starring in the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary The Jobcentre earlier this year.

Jane, who has 27 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, is a co-founder of Positive Bradford. Her Candelisa People agency, set up in 2009 is based a few doors away from The Beerhouse on North Parade. She drew the national spotlight onto the area through the popular show which followed her and her straight-talking team, as they worked to find jobs for their extraordinary clients. She will talk about her experiences in making the show, outlining the positive outcomes for her business and also the pitfalls that can arise.

The second key speaker is David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film. Born and educated in Bradford, David represents the district on a world stage as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network which currently has 69 member cities across the globe. As well as celebrating Bradford’s rich film heritage he also manages the Bradford Film Office and regularly works with leading broadcasters and film production companies who want to tap into the district’s rich pickings of film and TV locations.

Two weeks ago, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that employment in the creative industries sector was increasing at more than twice the rate of the wider economy. The British Film Institute estimates that UK film was responsible for around £2.1bn of visitor spend.

The supply chain to film and TV production is huge and, as well as the creative sector, includes hotels, catering, logistics, legal and financial services. David feels Bradford is in a good place to really start taking advantage of its Creative City status at a time when the city is set to soar. He will explain to business owners how they can get involved and benefit.

There will also be a few words from former Sports Minister and Bradford South Labour MP Gerry Sutcliffe who is a patron of Mixed Ability Sports, a Community Interest Company promoting the development of inclusive educational projects.

Co-owner of The Beerhouse Kathy O-Brien will introduce the venue which opened in March this year offering craft beers, Yorkshire cask ales and home-cooked food in a European cafe ambience.

YEN Director Sheraz Malik who will host the event said: “Our events this year have been providing businesses with an opportunity not just for education, but also to be inspired by success stories. So, this month we have chosen one of the impressive new venues which have been helping to bring our city back to life as a leisure and nightlife destination.

“It’s great to see Bradford back in the spotlight and, in keeping with this theme, we have two speakers who will explain how national and international attention can be translated into tangible business success for local companies, large or small.

“Jane’s larger-than-life personality and her infectious laugh have made her something of a celebrity, along with her office dog Candy. But she’s also a very astute businesswoman and delegates will be able to learn a great deal from her experiences.

“David has an insight into a world that we are all curious to know more about and I’m excited that this is going to be a very lively and enlightening networking event.”

The event starts at 6pm and delegates will be greeted with a drinks reception and canapés on arrival.

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