Charity eyes more space

A charity which specialises in producing information in accessible formats for visually-impaired people and those with poor English and literacy skills has moved into bigger premises after buying space at Eldon Place in Bradford for £175,000. Bradford Talking Media (BTM) will occupy two storeys within the 9,000sq ft space and rent the third storey out to Bradford Youth Development Partnership, with whom it is working on future schemes.

A charity which specialises in producing information in accessible formats for visually-impaired people and those with poor English and literacy skills has moved into bigger premises after buying space at Eldon Place in Bradford for £175,000.

Bradford Talking Media (BTM) will occupy two storeys within the 9,000sq ft space and rent the third storey out to Bradford Youth Development Partnership, with whom it is working on future schemes. BTM, established in 1982, previously had a cramped 2,000sq ft base in the city’s Forster Community College.

The organisation was able to make the move thanks to a £410,000 grant from the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF), which is also financing extensive refurbishment work at the new site. It was the second time BTM had applied for funding from SEIF.

BTM managing editor Sue Crowe said: “We’d been happy at the college for many years but had outgrown the space. We’re now in a location which will enable us to build on our past successes and record even greater achievements in the future.”

Simon Mydlowski, commercial property solicitor at Gordons, who advised BTM on the site’s purchase from the Ancient Order of Foresters Society, said: “The move puts the organisation in an ideal position to continue helping disadvantaged people into the future.”