More new companies have moved into Bradford’s Oakwood Court business centre bringing another boost to the local economy. With yet more businesses poised to take up units in the near future, the complex off City Road, part of the Malik House group, is now nearly full to capacity.
At present there are 12 companies occupying over 90 per cent of the premises. Malik House Director, Sheraz Malik, said they are now creating another four large units within the centre in order to meet the demand.
One of the latest to move in is national home care provider Prestige Nursing, who supply nursing and health care assistants to support vulnerable people in their homes. The company, which has 44 branches nationwide, works with older people and adults with learning disabilities, including both private clients and those referred by Social Services. Prestige Nursing have relocated their operation to Bradford city centre from Queensbury. They were based there for 15 years in a former nursing home, which branch manager Linda Smith says had not been renovated for some time – and was reputedly haunted.
The move has transferred a manager, care co-ordinator and 35 home care assistant posts into Bradford and created 11 additional new jobs.
Mrs Smith said: “Moving into Oakwood Court has brought us into a more central position in Bradford city centre and we now have the benefit of working from a modern, warm, office space with the added bonus of secure parking facilities.”
She said the company had noticed an increase in enquires from private clients since transferring into the city centre. Nutritional food business JMMAC is also among the Oakwood Court newcomers bringing the first branch of the Saladmaster franchise to Bradford. The company sells specialised cooking equipment aimed at promoting healthier eating habits and organises demonstrations in the home.
Sheraz Malik said: “We are delighted to see the diverse businesses that are taking up units in Oakwood Court and being attracted into Bradford City Centre. It means a lot to us to that the facilities provided by our Business Centres are offering a contemporary, well-equipped base which is suitable to bring national companies like these into the city, contributing to the growth of the Bradford economy.”
The Malik House Business Centres group is known for merging carefully-restored Victorian architecture with state-of-the-art business facilities and also has centres on Manor Row in Bradford city centre; and James Street, Blackburn. They have recently expanded into Leeds with a new Crown House Business Centre opening in the former Leeds Forge in Armley Road.