Blue Hour in Bradford by Tim Green on Flickr

Bradford second most entrepreneurial city in UK

Research has revealed Bradford is the second most entrepreneurial city in the UK. The report, by workplace comparison site Instant Offices, found Bradford has a ‘entrepreneur index’ of 32 per cent, behind only Portsmouth in the UK. It compared the number of new businesses created in the 2020 according to Companies House to the population of the city, with the number of businesses launched going up by 32 per cent. In 2020, 4,786 new businesses were created in the district. Kersten England, chief executive of Bradford Council, said the figures show…

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Dagenham Studios

Covid pandemic fuelling growth of film and TV studios in UK

As cinemas shut and streaming booms, real estate developers are spending millions on Hollywood-style lots The coronavirus pandemic may have shut cinemas and choked off the supply of new films and TV shows, but developers are banking on the streaming boom by pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into building Hollywood-style studios in the UK. This week, Barking and Dagenham council struck a £300m deal to build a studio in east London that is expected to welcome its first TV and film productions as soon as mid-2022. “We will become…

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CGI of plans for Wigan Town Centre (image from Place North West)

Wigan: international joint venture to regenerate shopping centre

Cityheart, the consortium appointed earlier this month to deliver the £130m transformation of the Wigan shopping complex, propose building 464 homes, a six-screen cinema and a music venue. In addition, the scheme, which was originally predicted to cost £125m, would see a reduction in retail space and a focus on leisure, with a bowling alley and indoor mini-golf attraction also proposed. A hotel, food and beverage units and a 460-space car park also feature in the consortium’s plans, alongside a market hall that would feature a food hall, co-working space and…

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