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Alhambra to celebrate magnificent milestone
Celebrating 100 years of Bradford’s prestigious venue, Alhambra Theatre has announced a one night event to acknowledge the magnificent milestone.

On Saturday 20 September 2014, for one night only, Bradford Theatres will present a very special homage to the Alhambra Theatre’s early days of Variety and subsequent long entertainment history.

Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, is announced to head up the fabulous night and will be joined on stage by a glittering line-up of guests

With his concurrent career as a multi-platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and radio and television broadcaster, Michael Ball, has won critical and public acclaim over the last 25 years with his dynamic, award-winning lead roles in the West End and on Broadway.

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres comments: “It’s an honour for me to be general manager of this prestigious theatre in such a wonderful year.

Having hosted two of the biggest touring shows coming to the Alhambra in 2014, Disney’s The Lion King and National Theatre’s War Horse, everyone at Bradford Theatres is now looking ahead to this special celebration to acknowledge this magnificent milestone.

“ We want the 100th celebration to be hugely memorable and I’m delighted that Michael Ball has agreed to headline to make this so.”

The Alhambra Theatre opened its doors for the very first time to the general public with a Variety show which ran for a week in March 1914 including a multitude of acts.

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Bradford finance provider celebrates growth

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The Business Enterprise Fund creates five new jobs
A Bradford based social enterprise offering a crucial lifeline to businesses across West and North Yorkshire has created five new jobs to support the expanding business.

The Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) has a head office on Vicar Lane, Little Germany, where new recruits Marketing Co-ordinator Alison Senior, Investment Manager Hamish Rushworth and Business Mentor Rupert Shires will be based.

In the last ten years, BEF has loaned over £10 million which has assisted almost 1,500 businesses across West and North Yorkshire of which 940 were new businesses, creating over 1,000 jobs.

Following the success of the Bradford and Leeds offices, BEF has opened its third Yorkshire office in the centre of York which will be the base of two new investment managers, David Winspear and Simon Middleton, who have recently joined the team.

Fund director Stephen Waud said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new recruits to our team to support BEF with its current expansion plan and I’m sure they will be great assets to us.

“Over the last twelve months we have facilitated more than 200 loans at a value of £4.15m and created hundreds of jobs which has culminated in BEF being shortlisted at the Bradford Means Business Awards which is to be held in June in our hometown.

“Our expansion, recruitment of new staff and determination to help more companies can make sure this does not happen and builds confidence for everyone doing business across West and North Yorkshire.”

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Gloria de Piero strikes Gold thanks to Bradford College

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Two awards in association with Bradford College
Bradford College celebrates as Gloria de Piero MP, Shadow Minister for Women and one of its former students, was awarded a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Gold Award by Lord Willis of Knaresborough at the House of Commons.

Staff and students from Bradford College were present at the awards ceremony on June 11, which is held each year to celebrate the success of further education alumni as well as acknowledge the vital role that colleges play.

Gloria was nominated by the College where she studied A Levels in Psychology and Sociology between 1991 and 1993.

In 2010  she was selected as Labour’s candidate for the Ashfield constituency. Gloria has kept in touch with Bradford College and sees it as the ‘launch pad’ for her subsequent career. The college named her as one of it 175 Heroes in their 2008 flagship alumni exhibition.

On winning her award Gloria de Piero said,

“I’m really flattered to get a further education award because the way Bradford College does education is pretty special.”

To highlight the important role further education continues to play for today’s students, a ‘future star’ campaign is run alongside the Gold Awards. The nominating colleges each select a current student who shows promise in a similar field to their Gold Award winner.

Jessica Ing, (21) a student at Bradford College, was selected as the Future Star, and was awarded a £1,000 grant to help further her career aspirations. She also had the opportunity to meet her muse at the award ceremony at the House of Commons.

Jessica said, “I am inspired by Gloria’s student union activity when she was at college and how she used her time as an FE student to develop the skills, understanding and confidence to pursue a successful media and political career. I want to be like her and ask questions, show findings and have a voice to help people.”

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