A Dragon Slayer's Entrepreneurial Journey. Kirsty Henshaw delivered one of the best pitches ever seen on Dragons’ Den when she appeared on the Den with her passion, commitment and gritty determination to succeed. Kirsty became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive investment on the show when she secured a £65,000 investment from Dragons, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne in return for a 30% stake in her healthy frozen dessert business - Worthenshaws.
Kirsty’s knowledge of the health food industry comes from her parents who run a health food shop. Growing up in such an environment helped her devise her own strategy and gave her the confidence, drive and passion for hard work that is so important for any entrepreneur. In addition, Kirsty did performing arts at school and amateur dramatics although she maintains these skills could not prepare her for the ‘surreal’ experience of appearing on Dragons' Den. An inspirational, confident and ‘can-do’ young woman, Kirsty talks about her entrepreneurial journey so far.
She emphasises the importance of building great relationships with the people around you and knowing your business model inside-out. Kirsty is currently focused on building the Worthenshaws Freedom brand and consolidating her position as one of the most inspirational young businesswomen in the country.
Gareth Davies co-founded FrogTrade Ltd in 1999 when he developed Frog from a spare bedroom in his house. He self-funded FrogTrade Ltd by re-mortgaging his house; the company has grown from 2 to 90 employees since then and is now worth more than £10 million.
Gareth Davies is a modern day 'no bull' business leader. Outspoken and opinionated, Gareth speaks about the remarkable Frog story from where he started, the success, mistakes and barriers that he came up against making Frog a market leading multi-million pound international business. This was a real coup for Bradford Business Conference to have Gareth share his business story.
This ran as a panel Question and Answer session, like BBC’s 'Question Time' enabling audience interaction to learn how to access this ground breaking multi-million pound fund.
The Growth Zone is a targeted investment area that will offer a number of incentives for business to relocate or expand. Most commercial organisations in the growth zone will be able to benefit from support for skills provision, a responsive planning service, improved broadband speeds and city centre wi-fi coverage and improved public realm investment.
Look out for this years speakers, we have some great names lined up (Coming soon).
Malik House Business Centres has been a provider of quality serviced offices and business services since 2010. Our business centres are meticulously restored combining historic features with state of the art modern business facilities including:
We are proud of the relationships we build with our clients. We understand our clients and their needs, and they have the peace of mind that a trusted team is looking after their interests.
We look after your office requirements whilst you run your business
Our 4 Business Centres are situated in Leeds, Bradford, and Lancashire, all in close proximity to the city centres and excellent transport links:
NMC Galaxy is a strategic consultancy focusing on a range of niche and specialist areas. NMC Galaxy only partners with nationally and internationally recognised partners, whether personnel or product solutions. Although the companies primary clients are larger retail and FS organisations, they are able to provide tangible benefits to firms of any scale providing they have the ambition to work with industry leaders from NMC Galaxy. All NMC Galaxy's senior consultants are proven industry leaders in the UK and internationally. The focus will be on improving your business by understanding key factors and recommending appropriate solutions that will be relevant for your circumstances, rather than a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that may be common amongst generic consulting practises.
The Yorkshire Enterprise Network (YEN) is a network of private and public sector professionals across the Yorkshire region. As an organisation we exist to increase trade potential to the Yorkshire region by using a range of networking, seminars, events and trade delegations which bring people together in order to grow and further relationships and business.
YEN provides the means by which its members can promote their own and each others’ businesses for their mutual benefit; to provide business support for each other; to generate business referrals and create new commercial opportunities for each other; and to help each other to develop and grow their individual businesses.
YEN provides a variety of promotional opportunities for the benefit of its members, including networking, forums, presentations, exhibitions and other events at which members can meet or be recommended to potential new associates, suppliers, or customers/clients; plus structured external online and offline marketing activities for ongoing promotion of YEN member-businesses to the public and the regional business community.
YEN is open to reputable and professionally-run businesses whose owners/managers are aiming to develop and grow their business in the Yorkshire area and beyond.
Membership applications are vetted by YEN, as we aim to maintain in high membership standards. YEN reserves the right to revoke membership.
Our mission is simple
To improve trade and enterprise opportunities for business based in the Yorkshire region and to improve prosperity of the region. We also endeavour to increase knowledge transfer and help improve the skills base to achieve competitive advantage for Yorkshire enterprises.
The Telegraph and Argus is a daily newspaper that is printed in Bradford. Founded in 1868 the newspaper was a broadsheet (the largest of newspaper formats and is characterized by long vertical pages) but in 1889 it became a tabloid newspaper. At its height the paper's daily sale exceeded 130,000 across the whole of West Yorkshire.
The Telegraph & Argus can trace its direct history back to 1868 when the Bradford Daily Telegraph – the city’s first daily newspaper– appeared on the streets costing a halfpenny a copy. The Telegraph & Argus itself first appeared in 1926, when the Bradford Daily Telegraph and the Yorkshire Evening Argus merged. Nowadays, its website is one of the fastest-growing in the regional press. In recent years, the T&A has won numerous awards for design, for community journalism, for sports coverage, for its sensitive reporting of race issues and for its many campaigns and appeals which have raised millions of pounds for good causes.
Bradford Council is one of five local authorities in West Yorkshire and is the fourth largest metropolitan district council in the country. It provides a wide range of local government services for the district which includes the towns of Ilkley, Shipley, Bingley and Keighley as well as Bradford city centre. Since 1 April 2014 it has also become a constituent council of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Bradford City Association Football Club (also known as The Bantams) is an English association football club based in bradford, West Yorkshire. The club participate in League One, the third tier in the English football league system, in the 2014-2015 season.
The club was founded in 1903. It was immediately elected into Division Two of the Football League despite not having played a previous game. Promotion to the top tier followed in 1908 and the club won the FA Cup in 1911, its only major honour. After relegation in 1922 from Division One, the club spent 77 years outside the top flight until promotion to the Premier League in 1999.
Apex People specialises in call centre outsourcing, having the resources to deal effectively with both inbound and outbound campaigns. With an experienced management team and highly trained advisers, our strategy is to provide clients with stream-lined solutions and first-class service.
Our ultimate aim at Prizewise is to provide all of our members with automatic entry into over 100 of the best available competitions and prize draws each and every month. This ensures the widest possible exposure to the best current competitions and increases opportunities for prizes to be won.
We work hard behind the scenes to research all of the very best available competitions and prize draws and then ensure that our members' details are submitted in an accurate and timely manner.
Our bespoke automatic entry methods take all of the hassle out of the process. We are able to do all of this by using state of the art software that submits your details exactly as if you had entered all the information yourself, but without any of the effort.
Competition entry has never been so easy.
WELCOME TO BRADFORD
Bradford is large, young and growing. With its unrivalled location at the heart of the UK, skilled workforce, world renowned University School of Management and competitive property prices, it's no surprise Bradford is the HQ destination of the north.
For lifestyle, Bradford has it all; from the first UNESCO city of film; Michelin star restaurants; award winning museums and galleries to stunning Yorkshire countryside.
Bradford’s city centre is undergoing massive regeneration. The multi award winning City Park is attracting many into the centre. Westfield’s £270m 570,000 sq ft shopping centre will open in 2015. It will accommodate around 70 shops and restaurants. Development within the rest of the city centre, and particularly around the Westfield site, is picking up pace. A £35m City Centre Growth Zone was created in 2012, using a combination of government RGF funding and the Councils resources. Financial assistance is available for companies creating jobs within the Zone and more than 120 companies have successfully applied for assistance. Visit the IIB stand or “teach in” to learn more about how your company could access assistance from Invest in Bradford.
A company with a difference.
By providing a level of service that is unrivalled in the telecoms industry, Metronet has grown to become one of the UK’s most trusted wireless providers.
Bradford Chamber provides support services to all businesses across the district. We will help you cut costs, open up new markets, and ensure your views are heard by those within local and national government. Becoming a member means that you can take advantage of even more savings and access an exclusive range of services.
Bradford Chamber can also help you to raise your business profile. From networking and email advertising to inclusion in the businessplus magazine - the Chamber provides an excellent platform for promotion.
Easy Utilities Ltd is one of the only independent providers of energy and telecoms services to small, medium and midmarket businesses across the UK.
As a business we recognise your business is unique and for that reason our utility products and services have been designed with customer choice in mind. We are 100% focused on offering personalised account management from one of our experienced energy or telecoms specialists, with both flexibility and fully customisable services we all well placed to ensure the perfect fit for your business both now and in the future.
As an Easy Utilities customer you will;
UK-wide business networking. With a 4N Passport visit any of 5,000+ lively, friendly and unstuffy meetings run each year. 3 real biz appointments at each meet.
The Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal is a local charitable initiative between the University of Bradford, Yorkshire Cancer Research, the Telegraph & Argus Newspaper and the Sovereign Healthcare Charitable Trust.
Our aim is to improve the number of opportunities for the discovery and development of new cancer medicines by raising £1M for researchers at the University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics.
We will use this funding to increase the pace at which we can discover cancer medicines of the future, through the purchase of a specialist piece of equipment called a proteomics mass spectrometer.
The Alzheimer's Society- Supporting local businesses to be Dementia Friendly
Formed in 1979 the Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2021. The Society fights for a better world for people with all types of dementia.
Our local services in Bradford provide a first point of contact for people who are newly diagnosed, enabling them and their families to plan for the future and live well with the condition. We also provide practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers. From running Wellbeing Café's in Eccleshill and Ilkley to 'Singing for the Brain' groups , our services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact for the people of Bradford District.
We are especially pleased to be part of the Bradford Business Conference where staff from our nationally recognised Dementia Friendly Communities projects will be present. The team will be available to talk businesses about how they can better support both people with dementia within in their local community who use their service now and potential new customers.
Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 1,000 young people, aged 16-25, every year in London and the North East of England. But Centrepoint is more than just a room...
The Bradford Bulls Foundation is the Registered Charity of the Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club. The Foundation currently works with 50,000 adults, children and young people each year across 6 key pillars: Sport, Health, Education, Social Inclusion, Heritage and Arts/Culture
The aim of the Bradford Bulls Foundation is to provide services to the Bradford district and wider areas to adults, children and young people, regardless of gender, religious belief, cultural heritage or abilities.
The Foundation uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community through a variety of pillars of activity including; sport, health, education, heritage, social inclusion and arts and culture.
DS Creations is an independent production house specialising in video and photography. Utilising the power of video, we help businesses get their message accross to potential clients.
From capturing events or creating professional videos, DS Creations has helped a variety of businesses across all sectors raise awareness about services and products they offer.
From fully formed TV adverts or web videos and packages tailored for all needs, DS Creations is ready to help businesses increase their visibility in a digital world.www.dscreations.tv
BCB106.6FM is the Community Radio station for Bradford, broadcasting distinctive radio programmes made by, and for, the people of Bradford.
BCB106.6FM broadcasts a wide range of radio programmes, reflecting the cultural diversity in the city. We particularly encourage the participation of those communities and individuals who are encountering disadvantage and exclusion, using community radio to bring people together across cultures, neighbourhoods and generations.
BCB106.6FM offers training and broadcasting opportunities for local people, giving a voice to those individuals and groups who don’t usually have access to the media. We encourage volunteers to gain the skills they need to make their own radio programmes, providing the resources and support for them to do so.www.bcbradio.co.uk
Putting YOU in the picture
Leeds Yorkshire based Photographer
Photographing with love and passionHello! my name is Resham Rall and I'm a photographer waiting to meet your challenge.
I like to create a relaxing and non-threatening atmosphere for your photography experience.
It is my preference to 'pose' shots as little as possible and would rather capture the natural and organic moments which brings the best out of most people.
My style is considered "documentary" - which enables the experience of being photographed as enjoyable as possible.
Please visit my Portfolio see some of my favourite images from a selection of my weddings and portrait work.
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