Historically a rural market town, Bradford was first noted as having roots in the wool and cloth weaving industry, but as the industrial revolution took hold, iron was worked throughout the area, becoming a major source of employment.
By the mid-19th Century there were 46 coal mines within the Bradford area, supplying a third of Yorkshire’s coal production.
Boasting a wealth of stunning industrial buildings, Bradford has, in recent years, attracted substantial investment from well-known developers like Urban Splash, who are redeveloping the disused mills and factories into luxury apartment complexes.
The investment race has reached the city centre too, with the much anticipated Broadway Shopping Centre opening as part of a £35 million cash injection from Bradford City Council and the Government to create a ‘growth zone’ of training and employment opportunities for local people.
Home to popular football and rugby teams as well as the University of Bradford, the area is well-served by key transport links including the M606 – a spur road connecting the city to the M62 and the rest of the UK’s major motorway network. The city is also just six miles from Leeds Bradford International Airport connecting the city to Europe and further afield.