More good news for Bradford’s independent quarter.

It’s been a finalist in the Great British High Street Competition for the past two years in a row, narrowly missing out on the top spot.

Now the popular spot – packed with indie businesses – will get £2million of funding from the Townscape Heritage Programme, to renovate and generally tidy up the beautiful Victorian buildings in the city’s Conservation Area.

The area includes North Parade, which we recently highlighted as one of the UK’s top indie districts.

It’s the first step on the road to securing more funding, but it’s an important one. Not only will it go towards physical renovation of the buildings, but also towards teaching local children about heritage, and inspiring them to take pride in their city.

At Only Independents we’re big fans of indie businesses setting up in heritage buildings, because it helps to keep them completely unique through-and-through.

It’s a perfect match, because the buildings are all individual and full of character to start with, and with an independent business inside they become genuine one-of-a-kind places to visit.

With this funding, and the developments that follow, we hope to see even more independents setting up in this part of town, making it the national example it deserves to be.

We’re delighted with this news from our hometown, so we’ll follow these exciting developments closely and update you with all the juicy bits, photos and more.