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Bradford 2025 announces first Founding Partner for City of Culture bid

Support for Bradford 2025’s City of Culture bid has been given a major boost with Yorkshire-based property investors Rushbond Plc coming on board as a Founding Partner.

The agreed partnership includes a prime real estate deal that sees the Bradford 2025 team moving into a sought-after city centre space beneath Impressions Gallery on City Park in Bradford.

Mark Finch, Real Estate Director for Rushbond, said: “We are delighted to be on board at the start of this exciting journey and be one of the Founding Partners to sign up and support the Bradford 2025 bid for City of Culture status.

“Rushbond has a long and strong history with the City and as part of our partnership we are delighted to offer this fantastic city centre space for the Bradford 2025 team, to set up a city centre ‘HQ’ base, with a public presence onto City Park, and with the One City Park and the Bradford Live / NEC projects just on the doorstep.

“This is a prime example of how business and communities can forge alliances to promote a collective vision, working together to promote the City as a whole. We really look forward to working with the fantastic Bradford 2025 team to support them in their journey to hopefully win the coveted City of Culture title for Bradford.”

Shanaz Gulzar, Chair of Bradford 2025, said: “Having such as well-known and respected Yorkshire business such as Rushbond come on board as a Founding Partner is a great boost for the 2025 City of Culture bid.  We are extremely grateful to Rushbond for their support. This partnership is a fantastic example of the way in which Bradford 2025 and partners can work together to demonstrate the strength and passion that different organisations, businesses and individuals can bring to the competition for the 2025 City of Culture designation."

She added: “We look forward to welcoming further business partners in the near future to our roster of Partners and Bid Club members once guidelines are published by Government and as we lay claim to this title for Bradford district.”

Businesses and organisations, large or small, can get involved and help to support Bradford 2025 in a variety of ways including sponsorship and partnership packages. To find out more email