ABL’s CEO and Senior Manager representatives from partner organisations (including ABL, Cnet, the Bridge Project, Bradford Council and CABAD) came together to develop a CLLD strategy, meeting regularly and facilitating the necessary work, working alongside the project management team, the delivery team and consultant, until the Local Action Group was established and the strategy agreed.

A consortium of delivery partners (ABL, CNet and CABAD) led by ABL, in the development for the CLLD application for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), with the support of Bradford Council who agreed to be the Accountable Body for the Bradford Central CLLD Programme.

Bradford Central CLLD has been successful in securing £3m of European Structural Investment Funds managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).

The funding includes £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (MHCLG) and £1.5m from the European Social Fund (DWP) amounting to 50% of the total programme value of £6m.

To achieve the total value of the programme, the funding will be matched by delivery partners and commissioned activity providers.

There is no match funding from Central Government, however Bradford Council has provided an additional £500,000 of public funding to support the CLLD programme.

This will allow for activity deliverers to benefit from a reduced amount of match funding as their contribution is reduced.

Our Vision

By 2022 the Bradford Central CLLD area will be a great place to live work and do business.

Businesses and people will be entrepreneurial, prosperous, competitive, audacious, skilled & sustainable.

The area will be clean, green, well-connected, fair & inclusive and people will enjoy meaningful employment.

Our Goals

To establish and run network of community-based services to provide coordinated, holistic, flexible, targeted and specific interventions for people furthest from the job market, incorporating access to:

  1. Personal and skills development
  2. Mentoring Support
  3. Facilities and equipment
  4. Addressing employment barriers e.g. access to affordable transport, internet

To establish, run and coordinate an Enterprise hub with community-based satellites, to provide an expert ‘one stop shop’ for business networking, skill sharing, support, including from the wider business support infrastructure, and a physical base for those who need it.

Incorporating targeted access to:

  • Mentoring
  • Business advice and support
  • Skills support
  • Networking and events
  • Finance
  • Support for business clusters

We have mechanisms to promote opportunities, support residents into employment (including traineeships/apprenticeships) and employers to recruit those that are most vulnerable and furthest from the labour market, including under-employed graduates– addressing poor linkages between areas of deprivation with nearby areas of high economic growth and job opportunities.

Stimulate local level collaboration amongst small businesses, community and local organisations to address health, environmental and business sustainability.

Coordinate strategic support and development to attract investment, including enabling business clusters, marketing and communications for the CLLD area stimulating the local economy to deliver jobs and growth.

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