We’re thrilled to welcome Provident Financial Group (PFG) on board as our first official Delivery Partner for Bradford 2025.

Joining as a Major Partner, PFG has committed a substantial financial contribution towards Bradford 2025 over the next four years. The contribution will go towards the development of the district’s UK City of Culture programme, its delivery in 2025 and a legacy year in 2026.

PFG is one of the oldest companies in the city, having been founded in Bradford in 1880, and now employs over 650 people in Bradford.

‘We’re thrilled to announce PFG as our first delivery partner,’ said Shanaz Gulzar, Chair of Bradford 2025. ‘The company has such strong roots here in Bradford and is passionate about championing all the positive changes the title will bring. I have no doubt that the incredible support we had from the business community across the district during the bidding campaign was a major factor in helping us to secure the title. We look forward to announcing many more partners over the coming months who will play a key part in helping us to deliver a UK City of Culture year like no other – one that could only happen here in Bradford.’

We’re proud of our strong history in Bradford and to see the district get recognition of this level on a national stage is just fantastic. We believe that supporting and nurturing young talent here is so important, especially as we try and recruit locally where possible. The UK City of Culture designation will bring the type of long-term investment that will make Bradford an even more attractive place to live and work, which is great for us as a major employer here. We fully appreciate the role that culture can play in levelling up our district, and we look forward to playing a part in helping to create the most incredible cultural programme and legacy for Bradford”