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December 2015

New directors at Royds

We are pleased to welcome four new trustee directors to the board at Royds. They bring with them a wealth of life and business experience and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming years. They are:

Mark Wilkie - Director of Gamma Creative and 1 to Consult


Mohammed Arif Awan - retired.


Andy Taylor

Workplace Health Coordinator, Blackburn and Darwen Council


Sinead Lynch

SCPHN specialist community public health nurse - school nurse Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

November 2015

Self Care Week at Royds

Royds were happy to host another set of free health checks at Royds Enterprise Park as part the Self Care Week. This was organised with Bradford Council, NHS and Yustain.

This is about raising awareness of the importance of self-care and how it can help to improve the quality of your live.


Picture shows Gary Wood, (Royds) Mark Thornton, (Bradford Council, Self Care Management team) - David Wilford, (Ysustain) and Diane Rodrigo (New Horizons)

Locality Event Liverpool November 10th 2015

Royds CEO Tony Dylak led a session on Going Local and devolution at the annual Locality Convention in Liverpool on November 10th 2015.Tony talked about how to build a successful consortium, and how to influence local devolution talks.

His presentation focussed on Arise Yorkshire Ltd, a consortium made up of four local Bradford organisations including Royds, which has won DCLG Empty Homes contracts and a Community Asset Transfer programme.Tony gave real examples and stories to illustrate both successes and pitfalls, and explained how this had now led to talks with Bradford Council’s CEO Kersten England on how to move services and assets from the public sector to the third sector, using Arise as a potential pilot.

Feedback from Convention session participants included “That was brilliant! Really inspirational”, “Impressed with what you have done so far” and “Loved the chatty and engaging way in which you talked about it”


Offices are 100% let!

We delighted to announce that all our offices on Royds Enteprise are now full. This follows the new tenancy of one of our ground floor offices by current tenant MAM Automotive who already have 6 units on the Park and have been a mainstay tenant on the Park for over 7 years.

Gary Wood, Centre Manager said he was pleased that occupancy on the park is so high. "This all means we can better support the aims of the Royds charity through things like developing our community centres and investing in our assets."

New security gate

We have recently fitted a new security gate to the Enterprise Park which will be a very valuable aid to overall security on the park. We commissioned Expert Security to undertake the work and along with 24 hour cameras and nightwatchman we believe we are offering excellent security to our tenants.

October 2015

Keepmoat public event - 58 new homes

Leading regeneration and building specialists Keepmoat held a public event at Royds Enterprise Park on October 22nd to let people know about a new housing project.


Gary Wood, Royds and Chloe Harper, Keepmoat

58 homes will be built next to Royds Enterprise Park over the next two years. Sarah Hopkinson, Community Engagement and Investment Co-ordinator said "We are keen to build good relationships and ties with the local community and today is the start of that process. We will be making links across the local area. Our developments have transformed the lives of hundreds of communities across the country, by creating places which residents are proud to call home.


Royds hosts Ukelele group

We were delighted to host a group who support people with dementia on 2nd and 5th September at Royds Enterprise Park meeting rooms. The session centred around playing the Ukelele in a fun and friendly environment. Music really is a great way to connect with other people.


For more information on the group please click on the link below.

Memory Tree

Business support at Royds

Over the next few months local businesses will have free access to a specialist business coach Katherine Wyatt who works for Bradford Kickstart. Katherine will be partly based at Royds Enterprise Park and has already made a positive start meeting and helping a number of local businesses both start up and established.

To book an appointment contact Katherine direct.


T 07805 433097


Katherine covers the Bradford South are which includes Royds, Wibsey, Wyke, Moor Side, Low Moor, Buttershaw, University and Horton Grange.

Katherine has over ten years experience of supporting and developing voluntary organisations and social enterprises as well as jointly running two very different family businesses. She is also a qualified trainer and mentor with experience in the education sector. She has worked with a wide range of people and organisations across Bradford District and understands the difficulties faced by small businesses and those hoping to set up for the first time, because of her own experiences.

For more information on Kickstart click below.

Bradford Kickstart website

August 2015

Bradford Duo Named Local Heroes


Imran Rathore and Sasha Bhat are two of 38 people across England to be named as public sector heroes after being nominated for the award by Royds Community Association. Ms Bhat was also shortlisted by Ysustain Limited.

The awards, presented by Bradford Council chief executive Kersten England at City Hall, were given to acknowledge the support for localism, growing community enterprise, promoting social justice and backing the principles of Locality's national Keep It Local campaign, to put communities at the heart of delivering public services which the two candidates gave.

Sasha Bhat is head of engagement and experience at NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and was shortlisted for her work on a project helping to deal with health inequalities among people, particularly from Bradford South. Locality is a national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working to help neighbourhoods. Ms Bhat said, "The Localities project is about working with vulnerable people and to empower communities. We want to help people live better and healthier lives."

Imran Rathore is interim programme lead for Bradford Council, and was given his award in the Keep It Local category for his work on a project helping disadvantaged families with understanding finances and budgeting. He helped secure funding for the Money Action Project which trains people up from disadvantaged areas in Bradford. They will then offer financial advice, including tips on budgeting and money saving, for other disadvantaged people in the district. Mr Rathore dedicated his award to Bradford Council, saying "It is a project which helps a lot of people offering them financial advice."

Royds is delighted that this story has made the local press and that these two candidates have been given the commendation that they deserve for all their work.

You can read the full article here

July 2015

Dynamo Supports Royds


We are delighted to announce that Dynamo has become a supporter of the work we do at Royds. Most people know that Dynamo grew up on the Delph Hill estate as he often mentions it in his TV appearances. Here's what he had to say.

"I am very happy to lend my support to Royds Community Association. I grew up in the Delph Hill area and one of the buildings Royds look after is the Delph Hill Community Centre which is used for all sorts of local community activities such as mother and toddler groups, youth clubs, and sport and dance activities – all helping people in the local area and making a positive difference to their lives.

But Royds do an awful lot more – such as providing benefits and debt advice to local people which has helped them to claim over half a million pounds in benefits in the last year alone which they might not have otherwise got. They help around 1000 people a year in the local area.

So you can see why I'm a supporter.

Please have a look around the website and find out what Royds do and maybe you can get involved too"

Skills Exchange with West Midlands Consortium

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Hi Tony
I wanted to say a really big thank you for all your continued support of West Midlands Consortium. We all left Royds feeling very inspired and motivated from the work that you have done in your local community.
The Royds Enterprise park is obviously a professionally run organisation, with the Royds building being so clean, warm and welcoming. Would you please pass on my sincere thanks to your Board for giving us your time and the room, food etc
The place is an absolute credit to you, the Board and the staff. Thank you for your hospitality and hopefully I can return that if and when you visit the Midlands.
Kind regards
Tonia Flannagan
Centre Manager, St Albans Community Centre

June 2015

Royds Gives Presentation in York


Royds tells the story of it’s Our Place programme, which revolves around health, inequality and poor patient engagement, with new organisations delivering the Our Place programme at an event organised by the Government in York. Representing Royds are; Sasha Bhatt, Patient Engagement Lead at Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group; David Wilford of YSustain, who led on the patient engagement programme; and Royds CEO, Tony Dylak.

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Free digital marketing session for tenants

Jonny Ross delivers a digital marketing strategy session for tenants at Royds Enterprise Park, Bradford. The emphasis was on creating strategic blogs and using these to feed other social media channels to improve SEO. Everyone who attended came away with increased knowledge and some action points for the future.

Check out Jonnys website to find out more about him and his company.


Advice service partnership


Royds is developing a partnership with Holmewood Advice Service, West Bowling Advice and Training Centre and South Bradford Advice Network to work together to keep funding for benefits advice and debt support in the area. The partnership is called ABC, and we think that acting collaboratively is better than competing, especially when there is so little public money around.

This was the first time we brought all the advice workers and volunteers together. Some great ideas for collaboration and mutual support, and a chance for 35 advice workers to meet others doing a similar job.

Volunteer Learning and Youth Mentor Wanted for Delph Hill Centre

Do you want to help young people in the Delph Hill area of Bradford through volunteering work? You need to be 18+ with relevant qualifications and have some teaching, youth work or mentoring experience.

More information included in the attached Word document below. To apply, contact or call 01132 380601.

Learning & Youth Inspire Mentor Bradford2015.doc

May 2015


Brilliant artwork by Groundwork learners.

Callum and Calvin joined the group in February having completed the Princes Trust 12 week project team. Both have attended well and seen huge improvements on their Maths and English. Calvin starts his work experience with Prism City Farm soon. He is interested in an Animal care course after this programme. Callum hopes to gain some experience in retail in order to build on his confidence and communication skills. Both Callum and Calvin enjoy the course and are really proud of their collages. Callums is based on New York City- a place he said he would like to visit. Calvins is based on war.

New tenants

Welcome to new tenants Link Mortgages and SSF Ltd who have just taken up their offices in the central hub at Royds Enterprise Park.

Training at Royds Enterprise Park

Royds hosts Boss Training at the Enterprise Park. 30 construction workers took a course in manual handling and working at heights over two full days.

April 2015

New tenants

We are pleased to welcome new tenants 247 Cleaning Services Ltd to our offices in the central hub. They are a successful Mobile Fleet Washing business operating throughout the UK and have expanded rapidly since the company was formed by Mark Pascal.

Please see our Tenants pages for more information.

March 2015

Launch of Royds local health improvement plan

A new plan designed to help improve the health of local people in the Royds area has been launched. Based on consultation with local people the plan aims to put people at the heart of designing services which will benefit them. Read the full plan below.

Royds Our Place Operational Plan March 2015


Royds sponsors Bradford City Massive Scarves promotion

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As Bradford City take on Reading in the quarter final of the FA Cup on Saturday 7th March we have lent our support by sponsoring their Massive Scarves promotion.

Huge scarves have been produced which will be passed around the crowd at the match and if City win they will also be going to Wembley for the semi-final.

James Mason, Chief Operating Officer at Bradford City said he was delighted we were coming on board to support the team.

Web link Bradford City massive scarves facebook


Seated Exercise for the over 50's and disabled


A new specially design exercise session for people who are disabled or over 50 is starting at both Woodside Village Centre and Delph Hill Centre with the first taster sessions coming up soon.

Teresa McDonald a local resident, Director of Royds and a qualified EXTENDexercise trainer will be running the sessions and says she is really looking for to getting it going.

She said, " The sessions will be ideal for anyone who wants to get out and enjoy a bit of gentle exercise to music and maybe improve their strength and flexibility at the same time. And of course, meet some new friends and have some fun".

Woodside Village Centre taster session Monday 16th March 10.30am to 11.30am
Delph Hill Centre taster session Friday 20th March 2.00pm to 3.00pm

For more information call Teresa direct or email here.


T 07949 406007

CMI Level 3 Management course finishes

Encompass Training have successfully delivered an 8 month development course, the CMI Level 3 Management Course at Royds Enterprise Park.

Tenant Miranda Slack, of Charlies Motorcycles, said the course was excellent and she enjoyed the challenge.“It was also very handy having the course on the business park as it meant I could keep in close contact with the office at the same time”, she said.

Trainer Darren Sheldon commented that the venue at the Park is ideal for this type of course and has now booked a further series of courses for the CMI Level 3 and also the CMI Level 5.

“The facilities are ideal with nice bright rooms, plenty of space and good parking available on site which is a big bonus.The staff are very helpful too and everything runs smoothly.”


We look forward to welcoming Encompass back to the business park in May.

February 2015

Woodside Village Centre recycled fence


A new fence has been erected at Woodside Village Centre made entirely from recycled pallets. Royds maintenance team built it from pallets collected from companies on Royds Enterprise Park, Bradford. Centre Manager at the Enterprise Park, Gary Wood, said he was very pleased with the results and wants to do more of this in the future.

Groundwork programme proving a success.

Three young people have started on the programme at Delph Hill in the first week of opening.
They love the space and enjoy having the sports hall and pool table at lunch. One learner said he was really enjoying it so far and looking forward to working on his reading and writing.
Learners can benefit from a £40 bursary, free bus pass and more!
For more information call Sophie on
0113 238 0601 or 07966 990540
Click the link below for the leaflet

Leaflet - New scheme for 16-19 year olds at Delph Hill


January 2015

Delph Hill hosts a new programme for 16-19 year olds

Groundwork Leeds will start running a study programme for 16-19 year olds
and up to 25 years with statement of learning disability at Delph Hill Community
Centre starting in February.
For more information call Sophie on
0113 238 0601 or 07966 990540
Click the link below for the leaflet
Leaflet - New scheme for 16-19 year olds at Delph Hill

Lord Patel visits Royds Enterprise Park

We were delighted to to receive a visit from Lord Patel who chairs Bradford Teaching NHS Hospitals Trust and is Chairman of Bradford's Producer City Board. He loved the Enterprise Park and said that Royds was a very good example of how a commercially run business project can support local people by redirecting profits and by helping to employ local people. He was also impressed with the work we do on our health and other programmes and pledged his support for our innovative way of putting residents and patients at the heart of all we do.


From the left; David Wilford (Ysustain), Lord Patel and Tony Dylak.


Mercuryhealthcare, who offer health and social care for people with forensic mental health issues, have moved into one of our fully serviced offices upstairs in the hub at Royds Enterprise Park.

Director Ali Gopaul of Mercury Healthcare, when asked why had he picked Royds to start his new business said:

“I checked around other business parks and office providers and Royds offered the best service by far – I’ve been happy since day one, as the hospitality and service has been second-to-none. There are no words to describe the help I have received and I would 100% recommend Royds to other potential tenants as Royds, particularly Gary, have been brilliant.”

Tenant takes on new apprentice

ALS joinery Unit 24 have taken on a new apprentice with a little help from Royds and their links to local apprenticeship agencies. Owner Mark Storr is delighted and says he is looking forward to helping his new apprentice to grow into the role and contribute to his business.

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