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One In A Million Charity Business Lunch, ‘Building for Success Bradford 2024’ - read all about it!

The One In A Million Charity Business Lunch, ‘Building for Success Bradford 2024’ returned for its 8th year on Thursday 21st March at The Midland Hotel, Bradford. Sponsored by; Business Enterprise Fund,  Complete IT Systems, LCF Law and Lily, this years event was well-supported by 160 guests from the Bradford Business Community.

There was a great atmosphere in the room as old friends and new enjoyed networking and a fabulous two course lunch, served in the magnificent Princes Ballroom by the Midland Hotels wonderful catering team.

Wayne Jacobs, Chief Executive and Co-founder and Craig McHugh, Charity Executive of One In A Million charity, opened the afternoon’s proceedings by welcoming guests, speakers and sponsors and giving an update on the growing work of our charity.

We were grateful to our fabulous speakers once again this year; Kersten England CBE Chair of Bradford 2025 UK City of Culture, Mark Cowgill Bradford Chamber President and Dr Lorraine O'Donnell, Chief Executive of Bradford Council, who each gave updates on the many exciting developments and projects taking place in Bradford.

The overwhelming feeling following our inspiring speaker presentations is that; “Bradford – this is our time” as brilliantly summed by Wayne Jacobs!

Congratulations to Kelly Allen from HR Dept Bradford, who was our winner of an iPad 9th Generation in the game of Heads and Tails, kindly donated by Ben Gregg of Complete IT Systems.

“It was a privilege to speak to a room full of people who love Bradford and want to work together to make sure that this is our time”. Dr Lorraine O’Donnell.

“Thanks to One In A Million charity for a fantastic afternoon! Well done Craig McHugh, Wayne Jacobs and team”! Stephen Waud – Business Enterprise Fund.

“Proud to represent West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce at the 2024 OIAM Business Lunch. A real positive buzz in the room as we celebrate the successes of our region and its future developments. Thank you for the invitation, and we look forward to working with you”. Liz Wood – West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

“Such a great event this afternoon. Well done again to the team”. Alan Wintersgill – Azets.

“It was a pleasure to be there yesterday and quite illuminating. We are delighted to be involved with such an incredible charity”. Simon Thomas – Elite Carpets & Flooring.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and hope to see you again soon!


We would love you and your business to join us on Tuesday 30th April and support our CHANGE campaign as part of Mark Cowgill, Bradford Chamber, the ‘President’s chosen charity of the year’. Together we can change a child’s life for the cost of a coffee. Please click here for further information or to sign up.

To join our network of OIAM Charity Corporate Partners or for further information on how you can support the One In A Million World of Work Programme, please contact Craig McHugh at;

To book into the Bradford Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in support of One In A Million on Tuesday 30th April, please click on the following link or to support Bradford 2025 UK City of Culture, please click here.