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Plans to improve ABL
28th Mar 2011

ABL is to invest around £500,000 to provide modern conference and meeting space. It is the latest expansion at the centre which last year converted the basement into nursery units for emerging businesses.

Centre owner Action for Business Ltd has secured a £470,000 loan and grant funding to carry out the work, which will be undertaken by local contractors. Jobs will also be created and supported. The funding will enable ABL not only to create conference, training, meeting and community space, but also to improve the centre’s kitchen, cafe, toilets and cloakrooms.

ABL chief executive Jenny Pupius said: “This development will help secure financial sustainability for ABL and it will enable us to extend the range of social opportunities offered to local people such as mehndi parties and small Asian weddings at affordable prices.” The centre provides competitively-priced office space and support facilities as well as rooms for conferences, meetings, events or parties. All profits are ploughed back into supporting projects to improve the health, skills and social cohesion of the Manningham area. In January, 2010 eight affordable air conditioned offices were opened in the basement of Carlisle Business Centre. The £176,000 development was funded by Bradford Kickstart, the Council’s enterprise support programme. 

Grosvenor Youth Committee recognised for efforts
12th Mar 2011

The Youth Committee won the Be Healthy category as part of the District's Be Healthy awards, which celebrates the hard work and determination of dozens of Bradford's brightest young people. The Youth Committee has been recognised for its efforts in helping to create the new natural play area at the Grosvenor Ground, off Lumb Lane. The group, which is made up of about 20 young people aged under 25, played a key role in the consultation process and fundraising process. The Committee's chairman Adil Tanvir commented: "I'm shocked, I didn't expect to win. There were some good nominees. I'm ecstatic as we've worked hard."      

The awards scheme is part of Bradford Council's B-someone campaign, which aims to raise the aspirations of young people in the district.

Manningham Mills Community Centre to open 7 days a week
14th Feb 2011

The community Centre will open 7 days a week from Saturday 5th Feb, thus extending its services to the local community. For more information, contact Lucy Dowling on 01274 483861.

Gardeners Question the experts
6th January 2011

The Carlisle Business Centre hosted the BBC Radio 4 programme Gardener's Question Time which will be broadcast on the 7th Jan and repeated on 9th Jan. A capacity crowd of 180 gardeners filled the main hall to hear the panel of experts, including Pippa Greenwood, Chris Beardshaw, Bob Flowerdew and the chairman Eric Robson. Earlier in the day, two of the panel had visited some of the women involved in BCEP's Grow Organic programme who come together every week and grow food on allotments in Scotchman Rd and another project in Little Horton.   

 Masterplan gets involved in enterprise training
28th Nov 2010

Paul North, Airedale & Manningham Masterplan Manager for CBMDC gave a presentation to Challenge College students on the work of the Manningham Masterplan. The presentation was part of Bradford Council's LEGI funded, Step Up Enterprise project which works with young people to develop enterprise skills and raise aspirations.

As part of the project, the children were asked to design a travel brochure showing Manningham and Bradford in a positive light and their work was judged by a panel including Masterplan board member Naweed Hussain. The three winning brochures will hopefully be part of the Positive Bradford campaign, which will be launched later this year.

Grosvenor Play Area officially opened by Lord Mayor
5th November 2010

The new play area was opened on Saturday 13th November by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Peter Hill. The play area includes climbing nets, balance beams, swings, slides, logs and boulders. The £130,000 project has received funding from the Grosvenor Ground Committee and Manningham Masterplan. A new initiative led by Shipley College, called Bradford Works, will maintain the area in a scheme aimed at helping people who are long-term unemployed gain training in horticulture and grounds maintenance. Councillor David Green, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration and economy, said it was a community facility which complemented other work being carried out on to revitalise the area. Check out the Facebook page for pictures.

Manningham Library wins award
5th November 2010

Manningham Library has won the Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities Civic Building of the Year in the Heritage Category. The competition has run for the last eight years and is the only one dedicated to rewarding excellence for design and construction in the public sector.

The assessment panel were impressed that Bradford's in-house design team had taken the bold step of introducing a strong geometrical shape for the extension and combining this with a careful selection of materials to complement the original library. The high quality of the restoration work to the original library and simple and sensitive layout of the garden were also noted. The panel were also impressed by the value the local community place upon the library and the contribution they made to the refurbishment.


Launch of Carlisle Suite at Carlisle Business Centre

Wednesday 29 June
12 noon for 12.30 start
Carlisle Business Centre 

Guest speaker will be Steve Wyler, Chief Executive of Locality. There will be entertainmnet and a buffet lunch. RSVP to Amy Sharpe or telephone 01274 223208.

Business Networking Lunch

Wednesday 8th June
12.30 - 2pm
Carlisle Business Centre 

Our Business Network Lunches take place once a month, we promise a delicious curry lunch and a fantastic opportunity to do informal business networking! For further information, contact Craig Howard, Host at GRID*@CBC on 01274 223203 or email