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Bradford Economic Partnership chair stands down

The chairman of the Bradford Economic Partnership is standing down after three successful years in the role.

Football chief Dave Baldwin joined the board in summer 2017 with the goal of making Bradford a better place for everyone who lives and works in the district.

As chairman, he oversaw the development of the economic growth strategy and helped put in place the means to measure progress against ambitious targets.

In the year after launch, the district recorded 4,100 new companies, 6,500 new private sector jobs, growth in weekly workplace earnings and a boost in the number of women from ethnic minorities in employment.

The strategy identified four key opportunities for Bradford: its young and enterprising population, distinctive offer with unique architecture, heritage and cultural assets, growth potential and global connections.

It aims to promote closer partnerships between the public and private sector to help improve opportunities for young people in the district.

Mr Baldwin said: “I would like to thank the board of the Bradford Economic Partnership for giving maximum effort to our cause.

“We have managed to get everyone’s noses pointing in the same direction as shown by the success of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks.

“The showcase for schools was initiated by Nick Garthwaite, then Bradford Chamber president, and wholeheartedly supported across our district.

“We are also building a strong network of ‘Bradvocates’ – champions who will fly the flag for Bradford, near and far.

“With our entrepreneurial spirit, diverse economy and resilient communities I believe we are well placed to bounce back from the pandemic.”

Mr Baldwin was a successful entrepreneur in the recruitment sector before entering the football business, serving as chief executive of Bradford City FC and Burnley FC. He started his new role as CEO of the English Football League in June.

Kersten England, chief executive of Bradford Council, said: “We are sad to see Dave stand down but thank him for his big contribution to the economic regeneration of our district. He proved to be an inspirational chairman and we look forward to keeping in touch.”

The Bradford Economic Partnership brings together a team of senior leaders from key organisations including Bradford BID, Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Council, the University of Bradford and West Yorkshire Combined Authority to oversee and drive delivery of the district’s inclusive growth agenda.

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