The Council are exploring new ways of unlocking the district’s economic potential through the creation of four new business development zones.

The Bradford authority is looking at how it can boost jobs and investment by helping local businesses to invest in their productivity, upgrade their premises and unlock potential capacity in zones proposed for Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

The Council will investigate how commercial land can be increased by mapping current use and suggesting infrastructure improvements, including transport links.

The work will focus on some of the district’s traditional employment areas Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, Salts Mill Road through to Dockfield Road, Shipley and Royd Ings and Dalton Lane in Keighley.

It is hoped the new zones will encourage landowners and developers to form partnerships to redevelop industrial sites.

The Council will work with Bradford Chamber of Commerce to explore collaborative initiatives to boost productivity and growth within the business development zones and wider district.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We are looking at how to boost investment and employment in four new business development zones: one in Bradford, one in Shipley and two in Keighley.

“We want to help existing businesses unlock untapped potential by boosting their productivity whilst bringing underutilized industrial land back into use.

“The work to develop the new zones adds to a wider package of measures designed to improve employment and prosperity across the Bradford district.”

Mike Cartwright from Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our members employ thousands of Bradford residents and many of the companies wish to grow and create new jobs.

“Additional industrial capacity will aid expansion so we are delighted Bradford Council is looking at boosting both the productivity and availability of industrial land.

“This work will build on a report we produced earlier this year and we look forward to working with the Council to develop innovative new approaches to boosting investment, growth and jobs.”