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Our Story

Carlisle Business Centre is a not for private profit organisation, driven by a dedicated workforce, that’s supported by a voluntary board of directors. We operate as a social enterprise that donates its generated profit to the Action For Community Ltd charity, enabling us to proudly support the local community.

Situated in a former textile mill, sporting a distinctive clock tower, Carlisle Business Centre is a landmark of Manningham. The building was extended and revived in 1991 to provide a runway for budding entrepreneurs to get off the ground.

Over two decades later, we still provide un-compromised support for new businesses, offering office accommodation, meeting/training rooms and space to host business events.

We look forward to you joining the Carlisle Business Centre business community!

Our Directors

Dr Ruby Bhatti OBE AFHEA FRSA

Ruby is a practicing solicitor with over 27 years of experience in the legal field. She has over 25 years of governance experience and over two decades of experience in various non-executive directorships on different sectors.

She was previous chair of Manningham Housing Association and previous board member on Incommunities Group Board. She is currently Deputy Chair and Lay member for NHS Bradford District & Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and board member

She is a National  Leader of Governance ( NLG) for Yorkshire & Humber. She is a Non Executive Director for the Dixon Academies Trust; Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and supports the Local Authority as a Chair for a maintained school.

Ruby Chair’s the Quality and Safety Patient’s Panel based at the Bradford Institute for Health and Research (BIHR); Panel member for The Improvement Academy for Yorkshire and the Humber and Public Reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). She is Chair of the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research and Board Member for the NIHR ARC Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber.

She is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Bradford and sits as an Associate Hospital Manager for the Mental Health Department, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Ruby is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ( FRSA) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Ruby was awarded an OBE in New Year’s Honours 2019 for her services to young people and housing.

In November 2020 Ruby was awarded honorary doctorate from University of Bradford.

Javed Ahmed

Javed Ahmed runs his own successful Accountancy practice. Having qualified with a top ten accountancy firm he has over 30 years experience in the accountancy field, his specialist areas being the non-profit making organisations, charities and solicitors. Javed is also a governor of a local school and a non-executive director of Priestley Academy Trust – a group of five schools located in the Heaton and Manningham area of Bradford.

Javed has spent the major part of his life in Bradford and wants the local community to have opportunities to succeed and achieve the best they can.  Carlisle Business Centre is based in the heart of community and Javed is proud that the Centre is providing facilities to launch, nurture and support businesses. 

Frank Dignan

Frank is a practising barrister and university lecturer, being a Senior Law lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. He has previously worked at Bradford College, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Hull. He is deeply committed to the economic and social development of Manningham.

Frank says; ‘I am proud to be a director of Action for Business Ltd because it provides opportunities for local people to become involved in business and enterprise.’

Dr. Mohammed Salam

Dr. Mohammed Salam known as Salam has been involved with ABL since its creation now over 25 years. During this long period he has helped ABL by undertaking various roles within the management including its Chairperson.

He had a unique and distinguished career having served in Local Government for 28 years. He retired as head of Equal opportunities from Calderdale Council. He then engaged himself in the voluntary sector and worked as Chief Executive for Consortia of Ethnic Minority Organisations in Bradford for 16 years.

Over the years, Dr Salam had been involved with many organisations, locally and nationally. Such as;

  1. Dr Salam has served as a Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service, Foreign Office – (a body set up by Parliament).
  2.  Dr Salam has served as a Justice of the Peace for the Bradford Bench for 20 years and was a Chair of the Adult Court.
  3. In December 2009, Salam was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Bradford for his outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector and for good race relations.
  4. Dr Salam led Bradford CNET as its chair for 10 years. 

Hamayun Arshad

Hamayun Arshad is a local resident in Manningham and successfully runs his own Health and Safety Consultancy practice serving some of the most largest and established businesses across England.

Hamayun feels it is a great honour for him to serve as a Director and give back to the area that that has given him much in return.

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards, an IT technical support officer, is an expert in business information technology and e-commerce.  He has been actively involved in the local community for many years and is keen to promote a vibrant local economy within a caring social environment.

Dr Zulficar Ali

Dr Zulficar Ali is the proprietor of the Sweet Centre restaurant on Lumb Lane. As a prominent local businessman and a former Bradford Councillor, his vision is for a thriving, socially cohesive Manningham.

Shazad Hussain

Shazad Hussain has grown up locally in Manningham. He has worked with many successful small and medium sized businesses across the UK and globally.

He has extensive experience in digital marketing, digital infrastructure consultancy and growing businesses.

In Bradford he has supported and mentored over 40 entrepreneurs.

Shazad feels it’s an immense honour to work alongside the wonderful team at Carlisle Business Centre to create opportunities for our community.

Shaukat Ahmed

Shaukat Ahmed is a well-respected community activist in Manningham with extensive experience of community development, community cohesion and long standing involvement in local campaigns and organisations. A former Bradford councillor and former chair of Manningham Housing Association, he is a Senior Project Manager for Leeds City Council and has family business interests in Bradford, Otley and Dhaka.

Shaukat believes in individuals’ power to change society through voluntary activism, which can be interesting and rewarding. In the words of US Activist Alice Walker “Activism is my rent for living on the planet”.

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