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's first business centre opened in 2010 on Manor Row in Bradford after a period of extensive renovation and careful restoration. The vision was to develop the area’s magnificent buildings which had been neglected over the years, and to transform them into business centres that could offer high quality serviced offices, meeting rooms and conferencing facilities equipped with the latest technology - whilst still retaining all original features and charm. Since 2010, the company have expanded to acquire two larger business centres in Bradford and Leeds. The second Bradford business centre ‘Oakwood Court’ on City Road, opened in 2013. The former mill building offers over 28,000 sq ft of serviced office space, large-scale hot-desking area, meeting rooms and on-site parking.
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 is an association of professional private and public sector people across the Yorkshire region. As an organisation we exist to increase trade 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 cement relationships and business.
The purpose of Yorkshire Enterprise Network is to provide 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.
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.
This council is the local authority of the Bradford in West Yorkshire. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Bradford. Since 1 April 2014 it has been 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.
This is why businesses choose to invest here. This is why talent chooses to live here.